THE much-anticipated premiere for the award- winning anti-poaching movie Gonarezhou The Movie has been put on hold due to the prevailing covid-19 pandemic which has hit the country.
The premiere had been set for the country’s major cities Harare, Bulawayo and Masvingo starting April 30 in Harare, May 1 in Bulawayo and May 2 in Masvingo.
So far the movie was premiered in the US during the Pan African Film Festival where it was crowned the Best First Feature Narrative.
Announcement of the local premiere had generated a lot of interest from movie lovers which meant more numbers were set to attend.
In line with the ban on public gatherings the movie directors announced that they will be shelving the premiere to a later date in the interest of public health.
“In light of the Covid-19 crisis facing the world and the announcement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the suspension of public gatherings, Gonarezhou The Movie would like to announce the postponement of the premiere of the movie in Zimbabwe.
“We will announce new dates when we can guarantee the safety and health of everyone watching. Make sure you and your family are taking the recommended precautions,” they said in a statement.
This comes as a number of arts-related events have been called off with places such as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe being closed.
A number of clubs yesterday announced that they will be shutting doors until normalcy returns as a measure to curb the spread of the virus.