9217077702_10215fd0ba_hShowcasing at Festival of Festivals was ZUKU Swahili. As expected it was a great success as it was graced by the presence of many Tanzanian and International film personalities and the movers and shakers of the film fraternity.

As part of the Zanzibar International Film Festival’s Children Film Panorama at Rumaisa Hotel in Malindi screened was “Leo” directed by Jinna Mutune from Kenya, based on a charming and beguiling adult fairy tale set in Nairobi, a metropolitan city in Kenya that is a melting pot of East African culture, art, politics and commerce. The story is about a Maasai boy raised in a low-income home, achieving his dream against all odds.

A story with a twist “Lost” directed by Sajni Srivastava saw a full house audience tonight at ZIFF 2013, the film is pictured on Eve (Baby Madaha) and her relationship with Mr. Abdallah (Chillo) and his son. Mrs. Srivastava is no stranger to ZIFF, having won the ZIFF Best Tanzanian Film Award in 2010 and 2011.

Speaking at today’s press conference was filmmaker Najma Nuridin, Najma shared with us her insight on low budget filmmaking and her short movie “The Lovers Call” which was screened at ZIFF this year. The Lovers Call” is about Aasim, a young single Muslim man living in Washington DC and his instant connection with a beautiful poet named Kala.

Performing on today’s stage was Fid Q, Cheusi Dawa Band, Saafar, Barnaba . The crowd was seen having a great time swaying and enjoying the Swahili Bongo Flava. Fid Q was the one and only artist from East Africa who managed to perform in the Big Brother house in South Africa.