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Jill Scott plays Mma Ramotswe
Heading up the cast as Mma Ramotswe, Jill Scott
comments: "She's 80% spirit. There's a fire inside of
Precious Ramotswe and I like her, I am proud of her."
Although the film is whimsical and at times broadly comic
Jill is not going for caricature.
"I'm not making it too big,
not all her thought processes are exposed. People here in
Botswana are gentle and show a great deal of respect for
each other, so we've made sure that if there's any so-called
'silly' humour it comes at the right time.
"It seems that the spirit of Precious and that of Botswana in general blessed the production. In fact
everyone involved felt blessed to be making McCall Smith's story come to the screen with the most
integrity and joy."
Jill Scott is a leading American R&B, soul and jazz artist, songwriter, actress and poet.
Since releasing her first album in 2000, she has won numerous awards including two coveted Grammys.
Her acting career took off in 2004. She played Donna in several episodes of UPN's series Girlfriends.
Other film work includes Rosemary in Cavedweller, starring Kevin Bacon; Big Mama Thornton in Hound
Dog, herself in Michel Gondry's Dave Chapelle's Block Party and most recently, Tyler Perry's Why Did I