Sunday, July 10, 2016


Last night ZIFF 2016 kicked off with a beautiful evening at the Old Fort Ampitheatre in Stone Town. With ZIFF’s Chief Guest Kanul Kapur, ZIFF Chairman Mahmoud Kombo, our Guest of Honour Minister of Information, Culture, Tourism and Sports Mr. Juma Rashidi, as well as South African filmmaker Mandla Dube in attendance.

All the guests spoke about the uniqueness of ZIFF and Zanzibar as a location for what has become East Africa’s largest and most respected festival of its kind. The full-house of guests at the Old Fort were also treated to a range of local entertainment including the Miss Tourism Fashion show, Maha Artista, Kilua Ngoma, and Baby J.

The event, supported by Zanlink was also broadcast live across multiple TV channels including Azam TV and ZBC TV.

After the symbolic raising of the Dhow sail that officially opens the festival, the opening night film Kalushi was introduced by Festival Director Martin Mhando, film Director Mandla Dube and the films score composer Rashid Lanie. Kalushi is a South African film that tells the story of apartheid hero and activist Solomon Mahlangu.

The evening continued well into the night with live performances at the Mambo Club.

Earlier in the evening the festival had its corporate launch at the Park Hyatt Hotel that was attended by all of ZIFF’s corporate sponsors and also Chief Guest the Minister of Education Ms. Rizidi Juma Pembe

The festival continues today through Sunday July 17th with a full schedule of film screenings, exhibitions and performances.

For all the festival details please visit , twitter @ZIFF_2016 and Instagram Zanzibarinternationalfilmfest

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