By Iminza Keboge
Published May 4, 2014
Seventy-nine films from 35 countries are lined up for screening during the 17th annual edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) that is scheduled for Stone Town in Zanzibar June 14-22, 2014.
The 10-day festival on the theme ‘A common destiny’ and consisting of live music, art exhibition and film shows shall begin with the screening of the Oscar-nominated South African film, MANDELA: A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM on June 14, 2014.
Thirteen music groups from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa are scheduled to entice audiences over the nine nights of the festival. Senegalese Didier Awadi is lined up to perform on the opening night of the festival.
An exhibition from France, the Tryptic by Les 7 Portes/Sisygambis will be on offer for seven days of the festival while popular art and fashion exhibition Afrika Tumefika from Uganda will also be featured.
â€œOver two dozen filmmakers from around the world presenting their works will also be in attendance taking part in workshops, networking events and film pitching contest,â€ Festival Director Martin Mhando, says. â€œA special Script writing workshop will also be held.â€
A film production Workshop for East African filmmakers sponsored by the East African Community in partnership with the German International cooperation Agency (GIZ) shall also be held as shall a Scriptwriting workshop in Kiswahili from which the best script shall receive a US$2,000 award for its production into a film within three months; it is organised by Maisha Film Lab of Uganda.
The films selected for screening include:
I). Short Films
BARUA YA NANG’INYI TO NAMAYANI by Hoclay Mganga (Tanzania); AFRICAN METROPOLIS (six shorts) by Jim Chuchu, Ahmed Ghoneimy, Folasakin Iwajomo, Marie KA, Philippe Lacote, Vincent Molo (South Africa); AFRIQUANIMATION (Congo-Kinshasa); AHADI NI DENI by Anaeli Kihunrwa (Tanzania); BLACK AND WHITE by Jalal Saedpanah (Iraq); BYE BYE MZUNGU by David Cecil (Uganda); CHIBAGO by Stepano Lihedule (Tanzania); CURSE OF AN ADDICT by Lovinsa Kavuma (Uganda/UK); DUKUDUKU by Anaeli Kihunrwa (Tanzanuia); EMERGENCY EXIT by Mehdi Jafari (Iran); KARAMOJA IN THE EYES OF ISSP by Joseph Kitsha (Uganda); KUHANI by Ntare Mwine (USA/Uganda); LESSON (IRAN); LITTLE TOWN BAGAMOYO by Yahya Bozi Kibambe (Tanzania); LOVE ME HAITI by Hugnes Gentillon (Haiti/USA); LOVE THY GAME by Annet Nakamya (Uganda); MOTORBIKE DREAM by Ella Lilian Mutuyinana (Rwanda); RADIO SILENCE by Mucan Cowlets (UK); SHADOWTREE by Biju Viswanath (India); SIT AND GO by Moon Jearf Yun (South Korea); STICKING RIBBONS by Bill Jones (Kenya); STRENGTH IN FEAR by Ella Lilian Mutuyinana (Rwanda); THE GOAT by Nicole Kitt (South Africa); THE INVISIBLE ROOMS by Ehsan Jaffari (Iran); THE KISS by Max Reid (Tanzania); THE NEXT MORNING by Ali Hashemi (Iran); THE PRESENT by Kenneth Matovu (Uganda); TOLERANCE by Umar Turaki (Nigeria); TWAAGA by Cedric Ito (Burkina Faso); THE BOYS AND A SHEEP by Lee Hyurf Suk (South Korea); UMUNTHU by Mwizalero nyirenda (Malawi).
II). Full Length Fiction Films
A STORY ABOUT WENDY 2 by Sean Hodgkinson (Trinidad and Tobago); A TASTE OF RAIN by Richard Pakleppa (Namibia); ABOUT HER by Louella Namirembe Kibuka (Uganda); BELLA by T Nkonjera (Malawi); COMMITTED by Stelana Kliris (Cyprus); FORMA by Ayumi Sakamoto (Japan); HALF OF A YELLOW SUN by Biyi Bandele (UN/Nigeria); HE HURTS ME by Hilda Nganja (Tanzania); KHUMBA by Anthony Silverston (South Africa); KING’S VIRGIN by Makibine Joe (Uganda); KWA NINI by Sylvia Caminer (USA); LITTLE HERO by Sadegh Sadegh Daghighi (Iran); MANDELA: A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM by Sanjeev Singh (South Africa); MOTHER OF GEORGE by Andrew Dosumnu (USA); NO MORE TEARS by Joyce M. Chavula (Malawi); SOBUKWE: A GREAT SOUL by Mickey Madoda Dube (South Africa); STRUGGLE TO THE UNKNOWN DESTINY by Deborah Nyakirangani (Tanzania); TAJ MAHAL by Denesh Eghba Shavi (Iran); THE DISTANT BOAT by Andy Brown (Kenya); THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM by Andrew Mudge (South Africa); THE LAST WINTER by Salem Salavati (Iran); THORN OF THE ROSE by Filipe Henriques (Portugal/Guinea Bissau); TURN by Owen Beck (Cambodia/Australia); WHITE SHADOW by Noaz Deshe (Germany/Tanzania/Italy).
BEING THERE by Aylin Basaran (Germany); BLACK AFRICA WHITE MARBLE by Terence Ward (Italy); BODY GAMES by Richard Pakleppa (Namibia/Brazil); COMRADE PRESIDENT by Mosco Kamwendo (Zimbabbwe); JALANAN by Daniel Ziv (Indonesia); MOHAMED HUSSIEN IN MAJUB’S JOURNEY by Eva Knopf (Germany); MY LOVE AWAITS ME BY THE SEA by Mais Darwazah (Palestine); ONE STEP BEYOND by Charles Smith (USA/Tanzania); RWAGASORE by Justin Bitagoye and Pascal Capitolin (Burundi); SODIQ by Michael Adeyemi (UK); THE KINGDOM WITHIN by Bob Peck (USA); THE LAST SONG BEFORE THE WAR by Kiley Kraskouskas USA/Mali); THE RWANDA NIGHT by Gilbert Ndahayo (Rwanda); THE SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA by Abby Ginzberg (South Africa); WE NEVER GIVE UP II by Cahal Mclaughlin (South Africa); WELCOME TO LOLIONDO by Morten Vest (Germany/Tanzania).
IV). Sembene OusmaneCompetition
BARUA YA NANG’INYI TO NAMAYANI by Hoclay Mganga (Tanzania); BODY GAMES by Richard Pakleppa (Namibia/Brazil); COMRADE PRESIDENY by Mosco Kamwendo (Zimbabwe); KARAMOJA IN THE EYES OF ISSP by Joseph Kitsha (Uganda); LITTLE TOWN BAGAMOYO by Yahya Bozi Kibambe (Tanzania); ONE STEP BEYOND by Charles Smith (USA/Tanzania); SODIQ by Michael Adeyemi (UK); THE LAST SONG BEFORE THE WAR by Kiley Kraskouskas (USA/Mali); THE RWANDA NIGHT by Gilbert Ndahayo (Rwanda); THE SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA by Abby Ginzberg (South Africa);UMUNTHU by Mwizalero Nyirenda (Malawi); WE NEVER GIVE UP II by Cahal Mclaughlin (South Africa); WELCOME TO LOLIONDO by Morten Vest (Germany/Tanzania).