Zanzibar International Film Festival -Zanzibar 18th - 26th June

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This is a wonderful festival and I was thrilled to have Sathima's Windsong accepted. There were a few technical difficulties in communication:  I arrived on the Wednesday night only to find my film had been screened thatmorning!  The only report I received was 'it was a very, very nice film.'  I was grateful for a second screening on the Friday afternoon, but by this time few people were around!  That same evening was when the awards were presented and in the lovely setting of the old fort this was a fine spectacle. I was sorry that the Swahli films could not be screened the next day (the last day of the festival), due to electricty outtage.

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) festival is billed as 'more than a film festival.' This is because of all the other things that are happening at the same time  -bands and musicians performing.  I wondered, though, about all the hipe around  Shaggy performing on the final night of the festival. I wasn't able to get a ticket and I didn't feel bad about that especially after hearing that  Shaggy di not live up to the hype!

As cliched as it might sound, there is something magical about walking around Stone City and I especially enjoyed the little tourist trip I made out of town, especally the spice tour and the swim in the Indian Ocean afterwards. The festival is a great opportunity to see films made in Africa, especially east Africa, that may not make it larger circuit. I'd go back again just for that!

The Portuguese Fort, home of ZIFF
in times past, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa
inside the fort.
before the storm