Friday, June 2, 2017

ZIFF Partners with Milele Zanzibar Foundation

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), is excited to announce a partnership with the Milele Zanzibar Foundation (MZF) who will present this year’s “Village, Children, and Women Panorama” programme that will include a workshop on women and child health.

MZF will also sponsor a week long filmmaking workshop for Zanzibar youth. Over the course of the week 10 aspiring filmmakers will learn filmmaking techniques and given access to filmmaking equipment will produce a short that will be showcased on the closing night of ZIFF.

The participants for this workshop are being selected from other MZF funded programmes in Zanzibar and the workshop will run 28 June - 2 July. Professor Martin Mhando, a filmmaker and former ZIFF Festival Director and CEO, and Dr. Vicensia Shule, a lecturer and researcher in theatre and film studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, will be the facilitators for this interactive and educational workshop.

The MZF “Village, Children and Women’s Panorama” programme will see screenings of select ZIFF films in villages and outreach to women and children across the islands of Unguja and Pemba in Zanzibar. Over the years, ZIFF has used the platform of the Women’s Panorama to highlight and address pertinent gender and social issues. The Panorama therefore becomes a medium of Women’s Power and Visibility. The Women’s Panorama commonly comprises of a series of workshops, seminars and symposia organized and centered on the visibility of women in and through the medium of cinema, the arts and the media.

The Milele Zanzibar Foundation (MZF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 2014 by a group of concerned citizens from Zanzibar and around the world with the aim of ensuring the sustainable development and improved quality of life of rural communities in Unguja and Pemba islands. MZF’s mission is to accelerate progress in the areas of health, education and livelihood opportunities in rural and remote areas through holistic and sustainable development programs.

For all information on the “Village, Children, and Women’s Panorama”, workshops and other ZIFF updates, visit


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