Here’s an exclusive interview Gibson Tawanda Chimuzinga, Director of “To The End Of The Road” granted The AfroNews.
Why did you decide to shoot the movie “To The End Of The Road”?
There has been a lot of misrepresentation of England to the outside world. We wanted to highlight the problems immigrants face when they come to this country. It is also a high time we started something in our own Zimbabwe community.
Why did you choose the title “To The End Of The Road”?
Sometimes life gets tough and one finds oneself at one’s wits end. This is a place of darkness with seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel. It will not be the end of the road, but sometimes it just seems as though it is.
All the main characters in the movie find themselves in situations that look like they have landed at the end of the road.
In retrospect some of them come to the end of the road as far as the things they were pursuing are concerned, while others are more of myths. It’s part of the suspense the film throws in.
This film highlights things that bring out the heroes in us. Yolandra (and indeed her family), finds herself in all the unimaginable difficulties and strife.
This leaves the audience guessing whether she or all the people around her have come to the end of the road. That heightened sense of nail biting suspense and intrigue, strings the audience along as they either vie for the hero or have ever growing loathe for the villain.
It’s a film of two sides. The film is full of heart-warming action, contrasted by real love and affection. It’s a movie of how a man (Dave) abuses his position to get sexual favours from a virtuous woman who is struggling to make both ends meet to get her leave to remain in the country.
Dave (the villain), a man who has a good position at the Home Office is surrounded by his thieving cahoots, a clear juxtaposition. He uses these two as his tools to boss people, especially ladies around and demand favours, mafia style. You either play or face the consequences.
This is a story of unparalleled triumph. The title “To The End Of The Road” is deliberately vague. A title that leaves it open to the audience to deduce their own meaning from the story as a whole. It’s a movie that one has to watch to the end if one is to get any understanding.
Is the movie based on a true life experience?
The story was inspired by things that happened to me and the people around me after immigrating from Africa. For example my uncle only saw an officer from the Home Office and was deported.
There’s a lot of talk about how great England is. They only show you the good side of England. I wanted to highlight the challenges that you face as an immigrant, I wanted to bring that to light and at the same time entertain the viewers, and give them the experience of their life.
When and where was the movie shot?
The movie was shot over a period of 12 months in London, Birmingham and Coventry.
What are the main challenges you encountered while preparing the movie?
As this was a low budget film, we struggled to attain a lot of locations we needed to shoot the movie.
Will “To The End Of The Road” be showing in cinemas throughout the UK?
We will be screening the movie in a few cities in the UK. The movie will also be in cinemas in a number of African countries.
TO THE END OF THE ROAD
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a