Issued by: Gina Puma, Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MESA, USA —
The cast is nearly finalized for the upcoming feature film, BAD
TIMING. We are please to announce the Zambian actors who will
be playing the roles of all of the major characters in the film.
Principal photography begins August 14 in Lusaka. "We feel
very fortunate to have secured the commitment of the most talented
performers in Zambia," said Executive Producer Cyndi Greening.
"They will ensure that the film captures the rich culture
and customs of contemporary Zambia."
CHIKU will be played by Lee
Nonde. Lee is one of the lead actors in the Kabanana
"soap opera" on the national television station, ZNBC.
Well known in Zambia, Lee has the charisma to capture the goodness
of Chiku and, at the same time, show the terrible pressure and
conflict he faces by his enemies.
MUTINTA will be played by Annie Katamanda
Musukwa. Annie had the role of Mutinta in the original
stage play by Samuel Kasankha. As the bride of Chiku who must
share the public humiliation with her husband, Annie will also
be able to show the strength of character that imbues Mutinta.
She is one of the leading actresses on Zambian Radio Drama and
Sewero programs on ZNBC.
HON. HACHINDUMBA-NDUMBA will be played by Jacob
Chirwa. Jacob has a degree in Drama from the University
of Zambia and is featured in the Kabanana soap, as well. A well-connected,
powerful and wealthy politician, Hachi is the father to Mutinta.
A talented and versatile actor, Jacob will bring excitement and
energy to the role. Jacob is also the Deputy Director of the National
MAINZA HACHINDUMBA-NDUMBA will be played by Gertrude
Nkonde Kasankha. One of the founding members of Zambian
Radio Drama and Sewero, Gertrude is reprising the role of Mrs.
Hachindumba-ndumba from the stage play. The mother of Mutinta,
Mainza is supportive of her daughter's plight and suffers a mother's
anguish. It's an excellent role that will be well captured by
DON PELIKAN will be played by Augustine
Lungu. A tremendously gifted actor, Augustine is one
of the most sought after actors/comedian/producers in Zambia.
The powerful and well-connected businessman, Don Pelikan is a
neighbor to Chiku and father of young Rose. As you can see from
this photo, Augustine can summon that dominance when needed!
ROSE PELIKAN will be played by young Mirriam
Zulu. As a young character, it's only logical that Rose
would be played by a young actress. One of the newer faces to
the Zambian stage, Mirriam has won the plum role of the conflicted,
troubled teen daughter of Don Pelikan.
KAPAMBA KATWISHI will be played by Henry
B. J. Phiri. A talented stand-up comedian and lead actor
on Kabanana Soap, Henry is reprising his role of the fun-loving
and loyal friend of Chiku. He will bring humor and heart to the
SAMPINGILA will be played by Joemwa Mtsinje
Mwale. A celebrated actor, comedian and writer like Augustine,
Joemwa has written many of the Zambian Radio Dramas and Sewero
plays. He is credited as having played a major role in shaping
the dramatic career of Jabbes Mvula. We are excited that he will
now be able to share in Jabbes' latest project.
SULLYNA TEMBO will be played by Kamwengo Vunda
Lungu. In the role as Chiku's assistant at CHILDREN'S
PARADISE, Sullyna carries the heart and devotion of many Zambians
toward the orphaned children. Kamwengo has played roles of mother
and guardian in building her acting career.
DANNY will be played by Danny Siulapwa.
We are so pleased and proud to announce that Zambian songwriter,
singer and performer Danny will appear as himself in BAD T!MING.
In addition to writing songs for the film, Danny will perform
in the film.
on a stage play by renowned Zambian playwright Samuel Kasankha,
BAD T!MING is very contemporary tale that combines the dramatic
narrative of modern life with the rich customs and culture of
the Zambian people. BAD T!MING is the story of Chiku, a respected
social activist who is invited to lead the U.N. Task Force to
investigate and improve the Future of the African Child. During
this period, Chiku is also preparing for his wedding. The son
of a Ngoni chief, he is to marry Mutinta, the daughter of a Tonga
leader. Shortly before he marries, he is nearly seduced by a seemingly
innocent neighborhood girl. When the police arrest him at his
wedding, his bride is horrified to discover that her new husband
is accused of rape. Wanting to avoid a life sentence in prison,
Chiku begins an epic struggle to restore himself personally and
professionally. A tale of failure, corruption, forgiveness and
VOICE OF AN AFRICAN NATION
a documentary about the making of the first Zambian film and the
establishment of the film industry in Zambia is being produced.
It will reveal the cultural exchange that occurs between the American
“crew” comprised of MCC students and faculty and the
Zambian citizens. The documentary follows them from their relatively
affluent, predominantly white community to this economically challenged
nation in Africa. It will explain the efforts of the “crew”
to provide digital filmmaking training and technology to Zambian
producers, directors and teachers.