Category Archives: Cinemas & Movies

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

Apocalypto

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

Dreamgirls: Storyline & Review

We all know—for the most part—that singers don’t usually make good actors, right? (Am I the only one who thinks this?) I wonder then: what makes so many musicians think they can make it in the movie industry just because they made it in the music industry? Is it because they think it is just all art? Well, that was the train of thought I was on when I first saw posters and trailers for the Dreamgirls musical. Although I saw that Dreamgirls featured a star-studded (all-black starring) cast, the inclusion of Beyoncé Knowles in that cast made me think  that her presence in … Continue reading Dreamgirls: Storyline & Review