Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, American philanthropist, socialite, and matriarch of the Kennedy family, once said, “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” In reference to the main character in the short film Valiant, this quote strongly applies. Directed and produced by Tayizivashe Rushwaya, Valiant is a period drama set to the backdrop of a medieval, fantasy England. A Young knight, Mwana, takes it upon himself to avenge his mother. However, he faces the conflicting emotions that come with the fact that his father was the killer. With sword in hand, does Mwana have it in him to end his own fathers’ life or will be prove his father right in how weak he is? Valiant stars Tapiwa Mugweni, Logan Dean, Nada Babkir, and Mandi Chivasa.
I recently had the pleasure of viewing Valiant and from the first second the project started, I couldn’t away. The setting is fantastic—truly medieval. All four actors were remarkable and made me, as the viewer, believe they were in the medieval times. While all of the scenes were great, the sword fight between Mwana and his father was breathtaking. It was very clear that this was a struggle for Mwana. Like most individuals, it would be hard to decipher between trying to avenge your mother but also being fully ready to hurt, or even kill, your own father.
For your viewing pleasure, check out Valiant below.
Photo Credit: Valiant/Tayizivashe Rushwaya