The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), also known as Festival of the Dhow Countries, is an annual film festival held in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
For this year’s edition, the spotlight was on South African movie Uhlanga which follows 9yr-old Khaba Mkhize, his mother and two younger sisters who seek refuge in another village after villagers in the previous place descended on his family and burnt his father to death. Trying to start life anew, a generational curse seems to follow them wherever they go.
Ndaba ka Ngwane, who had a major part in the movie serving as writer, producer and director of the film had this to say on the movie which received the Golden Dhow Award, Ousman Sembene Award, the Verona Award and the Signis International Award; “This was so unexpected. We were competing with celebrated and established film-makers from around the world…We did not think we stood a chance and were surprised that the film received such a warm reception,”
Uhlanga which is the official selection of the African Cinema Festival, Verona, scheduled to hold in Italy from 16th of November to the 25th of November will be screened at the Durban Film Festival this Saturday at the Suncoast Cinema at noon and on Sunday at Ekhaya Multi-Arts at 3.30pm.