A Cinematic Celebration Across Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania. An exciting cultural collaboration will kick off on November 3, 2023, as the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) extends its reach to mainland Tanzania.
This expansion, aptly named “ZIFF Goes Mainland 2023,” is a joint effort by the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and the Embassies of Spain, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France, Poland, Finland, Italy, and Sweden, to bring award-winning films from ZIFF and select European movies to audiences in Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo, and Morogoro.
Connecting Students to the World of Cinema
Across various universities, students will have the unique opportunity to engage with the world of cinema. Award-winning films from ZIFF, along with select European movies, will grace the screens, offering students a glimpse into the rich tapestry of filmmaking techniques. Post-screening discussions will provide a platform for students to dissect and explore the art of filmmaking.
A Showcase of Cultural Diversity
The festival’s inaugural night will feature the Tanzanian film “EONII,” directed by a local talent. The event is set to be a celebration of homegrown creativity and storytelling. In addition to highlighting Tanzania’s cinematic prowess, the festival will feature a selection of European films, emphasizing the rich cultural diversity of the participating countries.
Notably, this year’s lineup also demonstrates a gesture of solidarity, with Ukrainian films being added to the program amid the ongoing conflict with Russia.
The 26th ZIFF edition showcased outstanding talent in filmmaking. Winning entries from South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, and Tanzania will be on display during the festival, celebrating excellence from across the African continent. The festival will draw to a close on November 23rd with a special evening dedicated to Ukrainian cinema, reaffirming the power of film in fostering understanding and unity in challenging times.
Strengthening Cultural Ties
Martin Mhando, the outgoing CEO of ZIFF, emphasized the crucial role played by “#TeamEurope” in enhancing the festival’s offerings. Their collaboration extends beyond this initiative, with past engagements encompassing support for training workshops, sponsorship of ZIFF programs, and the presentation of co-production opportunities.
Fostering Growth and Inspiration
Christine Grau, the EU Head of Delegation to Tanzania, highlighted Europe’s significant contribution to ZIFF’s growth and impact. The European Union’s commitment goes beyond showcasing films; it includes supporting cultural stakeholders and establishing the infrastructure necessary for artists to thrive and inspire their communities. This approach reflects the European Union’s dedication to nurturing the cultural arts in Tanzania.
The grand unveiling of the ZIFF program took place on October 26th at the Alliance Française in Dar es Salaam. Representatives from the nine embassies attended, underlining their role in making this cultural convergence possible, highlighting the spirit of #TeamEurope, and promoting peace and understanding between Europe and Africa through cultural diplomacy.