Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania

Zanzibar International Film Festival goes Mainland at press launch in Dar es Salaam

Tanzania, 26/10/2021 - 14:37, UNIQUE ID: 211026_6
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The Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Tanzania and the Embassies of Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden, in partnership with the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) present “ZIFF goes Mainland”!

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Tanzania and the Embassies of Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden, in partnership with the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) present “ZIFF goes Mainland”!

Following the success of the 24th Edition of ZIFF, #TeamEurope will support screenings of films in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Bagamoyo and Mwanza. European movies with focus on women behind the camera and a selection of ZIFF short movies will be screened in Mainland from the 28th of October. 

Apart from setting itself as a barometer of culture and artistic growth in East Africa, over the years ZIFF has acted as a melting pot of cultural and cinematic exchange of ideas from all over the world. ZIFF has always partnered with European cultural institutions and the European Union in many of its undertakings. From supporting training workshops, sponsoring ZIFF programmes to presenting co-production opportunities, Europe has had an immense influence in the growth of the festival beyond the cinematic exchange. 

The Mainland screenings are part of the 2021 partnership between the European Union and ZIFF, which has also been extended to the Belgian Film Festival ELLES TOURNENT-DAMES DRAAIEN, to support exchanges among filmmakers with a women’s angle. 

The opening film of the Mainland screenings, “Binti”, by the Tanzanian director Seko Shamte, is a contemporary view of womanhood, a searing introspection into the sometimes painful world that any woman anywhere could find themselves in. The stories of the girl child, the mother, the married woman, and the working woman are captured in the poetic journey of the woman in this film.

 In the #TeamEurope film festival cultural diversity is represented with the support of films from the EU Member States: Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Finland, and Sweden. The focus of ‘the female gaze’ is reflected in all selected EU films, bringing to the public films with women behind the camera, either as director, or photography, scene, editing, etc.  

Culture and creative industries can be a powerful tool to tackle and brake gender stereotypes and society imbalances, which affect the lives of many girls and women. And indeed, audio-visual, including filmmaking, is an important area for women in front and behind the camera, who can thus reach people with positive and transformative messages.

Supporting actors involved in culture and establishing infrastructures that help artists strive and inspire their communities, is one of the areas of focus of the European Union in Tanzania.

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