Category Archives: Cinemas & Movies

Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips For Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island

Planning a trip to Zanzibar soon? Looking for ideas about what to do while you are there? Then, you are in luck. Today, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve most enjoyed doing in Zanzibar over the past 10 years. That’s how long it’s been since my first trip to Zanzibar taken shortly after I first moved to Tanzania. These tips cover both the historic part of Zanzibar, Stone Town, as well as other areas of the island. This is not an exhaustive list. Rather, these are simply some pointers shared with love from me to you. I hope you find them … Continue reading Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips For Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island

Selma: Movie Suggestion for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Do you celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the American holiday in honor of the famous civil rights leader? I did for many years growing up because I went to a school that followed the American school calendar. Every year we would get the day off and starting from then until the end of February, Black History Month, we would be steeped in the history of black America and the American Civil Rights Movement of the ’50s and ‘60s. If you do celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day, then I have a suggestion for how you can do so this year: if … Continue reading Selma: Movie Suggestion for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Screenwriting Lab to Be Held at Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015

From July 18-25, 2015, the Maisha Foundation will run an 8-day intensive screenwriting lab at the 2015 edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF). Applications are currently open. Read on to learn more.   ZUKU is once again proud to welcome Maisha Film Lab to Zanzibar for a screenwriting lab to be held at ZIFF 2015. Applications for this competitive screenwriting lab are now open, with the deadline being June 13. Maisha Film Labs & The Zanzibar International Film Festival The 2015 edition of the Maisha Film Lab is the seventh lab to be held in collaboration with ZIFF. The screenwriting lab has … Continue reading Screenwriting Lab to Be Held at Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015

Selma to Open the Zanzibar International Film Festival

Have you heard of the award-wining movie Selma? If you haven’t, check out the film’s trailer here. Selma is a 2014 British-American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. The film stars actors David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King and Common as Bevel. Selma premiered at the American Film Institute Festival on November 11, 2014, began a limited … Continue reading Selma to Open the Zanzibar International Film Festival

Leleti Khumalo to Grace Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015

Remaining on the subject of the 18th edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), it has now been confirmed that Leleti Khumalo, star of the 1992 movie Sarafina!, will attend ZIFF 2015 as an official guest. Read on to find out more. Leleti Khumalo Comes to Zanzibar Internationally renowned actress Leleti Khumalo, known for her leading roles in the movie and stage play “Sarafina!” as well as the film “Yesterday”, which was nominated in the 2005 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, has been confirmed as one of the official guests to attend 2015’s Zanzibar International Film Festival in July. … Continue reading Leleti Khumalo to Grace Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015

Zanzibar International Film Festival: Official Selection

Five years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 15th edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF). Although I enjoy films, I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy an event that consisted of movies, night after night. I should have known better. I had a great time! Not only were the movies deep and engaging, but there were also musical performances and a slew of other activities to offer enough variety. If you will be in Zanzibar this July and are looking for interesting things to do there, ZIFF might be just what you are looking for. The selection … Continue reading Zanzibar International Film Festival: Official Selection

The Secret & The Law of Attraction

It’s been 9 years, give or take, since the release of The Secret—the popular film and book. Produced by Rhonda Byrne, an Australian television writer and producer, The Secret was hugely successful with DVD sales reaching higher than 2 million within the first year of its release and book sales reaching higher than 4 million within 6 months of publication. In 2007, this success earned Rhonda Byrne a spot on Time Magazine’s Time 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Here in East Africa, the phenomenon that was The Secret was not lost on us. Bookstores … Continue reading The Secret & The Law of Attraction