Nkhonjera handled taboo subjects in the African society, for which he should be applauded but he dealt with the topics from the surface and in a rather preachy way. Another point which should be taken into consideration is the categorization and stereotyping of women in B'ella: girls are either good "virgins" or bad "sluts". The girl who gets AIDS dies in the end. Despite the ambitious and somehow courageous treading on the forbidden abortion grounds, the movie ruined its extra cookie in favor of giving us a preachy, sort-of religious handling of such a critical topic.
However, for a debut, B'ella is rather a fine tale that used its power from the diversity of its female characters and how they defied beauty stereotypes. In one swift yet visually beautiful scene, the "bad" girl, Kalilole, goes through a transformation that empowers women in the direction of sticking to nationality and defying beauty stereotypes, but just as that high point is presented, a wave of female stereotyping and molding into a stagnant idea of how women are supposed to "be" or "act" ruins the empowering moment.
Speaking from a technical point of view, B'ella suffers from some the low points of a debut project. The editing suffered from inconsistent rythm and rough cutting. The music is not in synch with the overall atmosphere of the movie, which could serve the movie in a way for being a rebellious idea. However, B'ella made use of the beautiful Malawian scenery and still deserves credit for entering the hidden yet enriched world of African women.