Kenyan Entries Win Major Prizes At Zanzibar International Film Festival

For the continent and beyond, the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is a big deal.

Not only does it expose small productions to heavily influential audiences, but it also exposes those audiences to the depth of culture that the continent owns and emanates.

The official awards ceremony took place this weekend, and it saw a Kenyan entry “Watu Wote” by Katja Benrath take home the prize of Best African film.

The film focuses on terrorism and the effects that it has had on communities – and in particular, events on a bus that showed Muslims and Christians coming together in solidarity and shared love. The subject matter is heavy, but this is definitely a film you must watch.

Also raising the flag for Kenya was one of the recipients of the Sembene Ousmane Award. 

“Maria” was directed by Kamau Wandungu and is a short film on the murky world of politics and intrigue, that you might have caught during the Nairobi Film Fest earlier this year.

After eight days filled with film screenings, over 15 different workshop programmes, live music, and ZIFF’s first film and TV market SOKO FILAM, ZIFF 2017 culminated in a massive celebration of the entries that had the most impact.

Here are the rest of the winners in the main ZIFF category:

Best Short Film: The Hangman, Zwelethu Radebe (South Africa)

Best Animation: TIS, Said Hamich (France)

Best Documentary: Mama Colonelle, Dieude Hamadi (DRC)

Best Feature from Dhow Countries: Half Ticket, Samit Kakkad (India)

Best Short from Dhow Countries: Azaad, Rahul V. Chitella (India)

Best International Film: Wallay, Berni Goldbat (Burkino Faso / Qatar)

Golden Dhow for Best Feature Film presented by Showmax ($3000) Noem My Skollie/ Call me Thief, Daryne Joshua (South Africa)



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