Early this year Ustadi Films was approached by Chosen Generation Church, Nakuru, for Ustadi Films to produce a short movie for the church that would highlight peculiar challenges facing church members in this era of slayqueens. Wilson Osiolo who is the Producer at Ustadi Films accepted the invitation and came up with a story later dubbed Hurt to Forgive in which an eight month pregnant woman, Victoria (Roselynne Maina), is cheated on by his husband, Reuben (Charles Richard). Victoria discovers the affair and immediately is faced with the dilemma of whether to forgive him or not. A church Pastor (played by Rev. Benson Ng’ang’a of Chosen Generation) is approached to intervene.
After making the script ready, Wilson Osiolo assembled a team of young people to come on board as crew. He then coordinated an audition where Mike Miwo of Zidi Media stepped in as the Casting Director. After the casting was done, Film Director Odipo Riaga who also doubled up as the Story Editor took the cast into a two week rehearsals, after which Principal Photography was done in the last week of May. In June Wilson Osiolo took up the challenge to do post production works, and on July 4th 2018, the trailer of Hurt to Forgive was released on YouTube.
Hurt to Forgive will premier at Chosen Generation Church in September where church members will have the opportunity to learn a lesson or two on what to do when one is badly hurt by a cheating spouse.
Hurt to Forgive also features Tracey Marindany as Maggie, Reuben’s sister, Anne Ndirangu as Caro, and several other young actors all drawn from Nakuru. The film has been produced by Rev. Benson Ng’ang’a (Executive Producer), Wilson Osiolo (Producer/D.O.P/Editor), and Odipo Riaga (Producer/Director). Other key crew were Lilian Chiaji (Script Supervisor, Steven Wakiru and Victor Ayimba as Gaffers, Kevin Muraya and Kevin DJ Yutty as Sound Engineers, and Joseph Kariuki, Mercy Koech and Mike Miwo were behind the cameras.