Category Archives: Cinemas & Movies

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 Movie About the Great Martin Luther King, Jr. to Open ZIFF

This year, the award-winning movie Selma will officially open the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2015 on July 18. Selma is a historical drama directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. The movie tells the story of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis led these marches. The Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches forever altered history. Selma stars actors David Oyelowo as Dr. King, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, and rapper/actor Common as James Bevel. To see what I thought after watching Selma, read: “Selma: … Continue reading Selma Movie About the Great Martin Luther King, Jr. to Open ZIFF

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

Will You Be Going to the Zanzibar International Film Festival This Year?

Five years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 15th edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival. 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, the Zanzibar International Film Festival might be just what you are looking … Continue reading Will You Be Going to the Zanzibar International Film Festival This Year?

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

Apocalypto (Movie)

After the wonderful time I had watching Dreamgirls, I decided to try my luck once more and attempt to watch yet another movie at home.  Since I am writing about the whole episode, you can guess that my attempt was indeed successful. Still, I’d like to share my experience of how I ended up watching Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, the way it happened to me. I Attempt Another Movie Since I had not yet returned the DVD that I had borrowed from my friend, I searched it for another title that I thought might be interesting. I settled on  Freedom Writers with Hillary Swank. The movie … Continue reading Apocalypto (Movie)