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ALL FASHION EYES ON DR CONGO AS KINSHASA FASHION WEEK RETURNS WITH A BANG!!

From 18-20 July the Shark Club of Kinshasa is set to be teeming with designers, models, fashion media, hairstylists and make-up artists as the 2nd Annual KinshasaFashion Week returns for another dazzling showcase of Africa’s best design talent.Collections from local and international designers will be shown over two evenings: Friday, 18th and Saturday, 19th July and on the last day, Sunday, 20th July there will be an Expo where the collections will be made available to the public.Following the success of last year’s inaugural showcase, the organizers have pulled out all the stops to ensure the 2014 fashion week will be just as memorable.

“I am truly excited for the 2nd edition of our fashion week, continuing with my quest to take our DR Congo fashion designers to the next level and this year we’ve kicked this up a notch,” says Gloria Mteyu, speaking in her capacity as the convener of KinshasaFashion Week.
Two internationally acclaimed designers have been invited:Award-winning label Kosibah by Yemi Osunkoya, one of the longest standing African labels trading in the UK as well as Chicago based, Congolese designer Kahindo Mateene of Modahnik.Expressing his delight at having been invited to participate, Osunkoya says: “I am really looking forward to showing my Afro-Centric eveningwear and couture bridalwear at Kinshasa Fashion Week.”Kahindo Mateene of Modahnik had this to say: ” I am Congolese, and very proud of my culture and my heritage. This is very visible in all my creations. So I can only be happy at the opportunity to show my collection to the Congolese population and my family in Congo.”Recognizing the need to mentor and develop the country’s budding design talent, KFW will also shine the spotlight on young designers, giving them a platform to experience the nuts and bolts of the fashion industry. 
“This year, we also welcome the fashion students from the Institut Supérieur des Arts et Métiers (ISAM). The Kinshasa Fashion Week platform will help to inspire a new generation of young fashion designers from the DR Congo,” says Mteyu.Other local stalwarts who will also be presenting their latest collections include: Okasol, Tiffahny Dians and Marie Omba Djunga.Famous Dutch wax print company Vlisco are presenting the work of two designers, Eloi Sessou of Côte d’Ivoire and Fanny Mandina from the DR Congo.Having produced hundreds of fashion shows and exhibitions, the internationally renowned, Namibian-born show producer, Jan Malan of Umzingeli Productions has been tasked with producing Kinshasa Fashion Week. This year marks Malan’s return to Kinshasa after having successfully produced the inaugural event last year.Kinshasa Fashion Week will not be possible without the following the following sponsors: Shaboil, Memling Hotel, MCK & Vodacom Congo.Tickets are available at the Shark Club, Kinshasa.
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AFRIDOCS FILM WEEK 21-27 JULY 2014, SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA BROADCAST PRESENTS: AMAZING AFRICAN STORIES- ON YOUR SCREEN

A world first will be taking place this month when a full week of African documentary films are broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED (channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65).This unique film event will see a diverse and exciting range of films screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, to coincide with the Durban International Film Festival, the largest film festival in South Africa that takes place from July 17th – 27th. The diverse range of stories from East, West and Southern Africa provide both historical and current insights into our amazing continent.Coach Zoran & His African Tigers – South Sudan As South Sudan approaches its third anniversary as the world’s newest nation, it is apt that one of the films to be screened takes a unique perspective on the country.Coach Zoran & His African Tigers follows the country’s ambition to re-enter the world football stage with a newly formed national team.

South Sudan became an independent state in July 2011, following almost 50 years of civil war. Although still steeped in the memories of countless victims of violence, the new nation is seeking to make a place on the international soccer stage by forming its first national team.The man called in for this task is the Serbian Zoran Djordjevic, a dynamic and hugely ambitious veteran coach. The film follows the team over its first year, from the hunt for new players to buying a sheep called Champion as its mascot and the first international games. Zoran’s aggressive and even dictatorial style soon leads to conflict with the chair of the soccer federation and several senior politicians.  As the euphoria of independence subsides, the team finds itself hit by bitter infighting, malaria and a financial crisis that threatens the state itself. What follows is a darkly comic and original portrait of the birth of a nation.
Coach Zoran & His African Tigers screens on Tuesday July 22nd at 21:00 (GMT + 2).

Day By Day: Femi Kuti
Day By Day: Femi Kuti is more than a biopic, but rather gives real insight into every aspect of the creative process. As the film follows the development of a track from Femi Kuti's latest album, it sets out to explain the artistic decisions. These choices are inseparable from Femi’s involvement in the political situation in his home country, Nigeria.Correct arrangements and bold choices involving one guitar strumming patterns over another, woven together with a choir’s harmony, come together to bring forth the artist's message. The film then also sheds light on the unsung work of the record producer, Sodi, in the specific context of urban and anti-establishment music : Afrobeat.
Day by Day explores this musical journey through the Parisian studio as well as  documents the intimidation Femi is subject to in Nigeria because of his opposition to the current regime. The documentary shifts between the object of the artist’s struggle; his fight to lift Nigeria and Africa as a whole out of the despondent poverty, and the proof of his commitment and tools of his trade: haunting, catchy songs.
Day By Day: Femi Kuti will screen on Wednesday July 23rd   at 21:00 (GMT + 2).

Mama Africa
Mama Africa, the biography of Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist; the voice and the hope of Africa. Miriam Makeba was the first African musician to become a true international star. Her music influenced artists across the globe but always remained true to her South African roots with its message against racism and poverty.This documentary, directed by Mika Kaurismäki, traces her life and music through more than fifty years of performing. Using rare archive footage of her performances, interviews and intimate scenes filmed over the years, we are shown a unique person, a world icon. Friends and colleagues, some who knew her since she started performing in the dance halls of South Africa (remember “Pata Pata”), together with her grandchildren Zenzi Monique Lee and Nelson Lumumba Lee, allow us know the remarkable journey of Miriam Makeba.

Miriam Makeba left a big legacy behind, not only in South Africa but throughout the world.  Her unique melodic voice became the voice of freedom and diginity for her people, both old and young. However, the film does not only tell the history of Miriam Makeba, but also showcases South Africa's present day, by introducing younger artists, who may have just been born when Mama Africa was still in exile and banned, but who were inspired by her and her art nevertheless.”
Mama Africa will be screened on Friday July 25th at 19:30 (GMT + 2).

The Irresistible Rise of Moïse Katumbi - DRC
The Irresistible Rise of Moïse Katumbi, big-time entrepreneur and director of the Tout Puissant Mazembe soccer team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as being governor of Katanga, Congo’s richest province, which is home to some 80 percent of the country’s natural resources Moïse Katumbi is an extraordinary character. Coming from a mixed Jewish-Congolese family, this self-made man is today one of the most powerful people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Director Thierry Michel has been making films in Africa for many years, and has also known Katumbi for a long time, enabling him to gain unprecedented access to the governor. The film crew accompanies him on working visits where he is cheered by employees who are invariably underpaid and do dangerous and unhealthy jobs without any form of labor protection.
The Irresistible Rise of Moïse Katumbi will be screened on Monday July 21st at 21:00 (GMT + 2).

Miners Shot Down
Miners Shot Down, the documentary that many commentators have said every South African should see, is also resonating deeply with international audiences due to its global themes of democracy, worker’s rights, citizen activism and freedom of speech.

The film, which will be screened on Thursday 24th July at 19:30 on DStv channel 190 and GOtv channel 65 as part of the AfriDocs Film Week, will also be screened during the Durban International Film Festival. In the four short months since it was released, Miners Shot Down has been screened to large numbers of people at film festivals across the globe, in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and Australasia and will be shown in a host of festivals over the coming months, including special 20 Years of Democracy screenings in Berlin and New York.  

With 2014 being used by many to showcase the achievements of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy, Miners Shot Down presents an alternative view – one that needs to be seen and heard beyond the borders of South Africa.
Miners Shot Down will be screened on Thursday July 24th at 19:30 (GMT + 2).

Concerning Violence – Pan Africa
Concerning Violence is a bold and fresh visual narrative from Africa based on newly discovered archive material covering the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule. This powerful footage is combined with text from Frantz Fanon’s landmark book The Wretched of the Earth - written in 1960 and still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today, as well as the unrest and the reactions against it. The film describes the uprisings that led to Africa’s decolonisation. Once again, Olsson concentrates on archive material filmed in Africa by Swedish documentary filmmakers and television journalists between 1966 and 1984. Footage of liberation movements in Angola, the Frelimo in Mozambique and the struggle for independence in Guinea-Bissau are juxtaposed with documentary images of Swedish missionaries in Tanzania and a strike in a Swedish mine in Liberia.

Musician Lauryn Hill brings to life Fanon’s polarising texts which structure and provide commentary on the film’s visual material. A glimpse of today’s smouldering conflicts along the old colonial borders shows that, even 50 years after Fanon’s death, Africa is still dealing with the consequences of centuries of European raids and interventions.
Concerning Violence will screen on Tuesday July 22nd at 18:00 (GMT + 2).

ABOUT AFRIDOCS FILM WEEK
The AfriDocs Film Week will connect the largest film festival in Africa through a ‘film festival at home’ featuring documentary films from thirteen countries in Africa – D.R.C., Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

“So many documentary films have been shot in Africa, but very few have been seen by African audiences”, says AfriDocs Executive Producer Don Edkins from Steps in Cape Town, “this heralds a new era of distribution for the continent.”

Films by African filmmakers Idrissa Guiro, Sani Elhadj, Licinio Azevedo, Rehad Desai, Judy Kibinge, Andrey Samoute Diarra, together with filmmakers Mika Karismäki, Thierry Michel, Roger Ross Williams, Abby Ginsberg and Göran Olsson amongst others, will be seen for the first time by a wide audience through this collaboration.Seven of the films screening at the Durban Film Festival (DIFF) will also be part of the programme, including the award-winningMiners Shot Down, Concerning Violence, I Afrikaner, The Irresistible Rise of Moise Katumbi, Coach Zoran, Plot for Peace and Soft Vengeance.

This week long film event is a special broadcast project from AfriDocs, the first weekly primetime documentary strand broadcasting across Africa. Every Tuesday night on ED (DStv channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65), AfriDocs screens top African documentaries to 49 countries by satellite, and terrestrially to an additional 100 cities in 8 countries.


AfriDocs is an initiative of the multi-awarded South African documentary production and distribution company, Steps, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.

WHY YOU NEED TO TALK THE TALK BEFORE YOU CAN WALK THE WALK

Success is a funny thing because you have two sides of it: the success that you show off to others and the success that you know yourself to have accomplished. The two aren’t the same. There are the little successes that we pick up along the way that we may either consider private or personal. Just as there are the larger successes that we refrain from sharing because we believe that they will evoke jealousy in others.The best successes are those that we do not feel the need to share because they were meant to impress us and no one else. Nevertheless, these tend to reflect in the way we hold ourselves and present ourselves to others.
The way that we present ourselves to others is very important because we will be judged on our actions and appearances, and all the human interaction we experience will be filtered through these preconceived notions that others have of us. Knowing how much information about your life you ought to make public and which specific information should be reserved can have a great impact on your life.Some people are modest; others are nothing more than showoffs. Which one are you? More importantly, which one should you be in order to have the best interpersonal experiences and be presented with the most opportunities? The answer is a little bit of both. The most common sight — other than people low-balling their own abilities — is people duplicating their inner personas by presenting themselves to the world exactly as they are.
No secrets. You are an average Mwanawille and you present yourself as being an average Mwanawille. Maybe you aren’t so average — nevertheless, keeping a separation between the person that you know yourself to be and the person everyone else believes you to be comes with many advantage.The first advantage being that when people don’t take to you kindly — which surely will happen on a somewhat regular basis — you don’t take it quite so personally. Because you have created some space between the you that you show to the world and the you that you know yourself to be, you have a cushion for the criticism that will come your way.
This allows you to make tweaks to your outward persona along the way strengthening both your ‘façade’ and your character in the process. I’m a big believer of doing your best towards guiding others to make the decisions you wish them to make. This allows for fewer arguments and headaches as well as allowing you to get a better grip on the way you design your life.
Not many people look at their lives as something that they can design, something that is in their control. It all starts with learning to separate yourself from the person that other people see you as. This separation means different things for different people and what it means to you will make all the difference in your life. Some go out of their way to be viewed as humble.Others do their best to have you think they were the bees knees, princes among peasants. Whatever way you choose to be perceived is ultimately up to you. I would, however, recommend that you keep your projected persona a combination of who you are at the moment and who you one day wish to be.
Talk the talk before you walk the walk. The status quo is the belief that in order to be perceived as a person of worth, we must first accomplish things of worth. This is false. We should aim to appear as the people that we want to be — dress the part, in a way — before we believe ourselves to have become that person. This is not to say that you should dress like a millionaire if you can’t afford to dress like one, but acting like one doesn’t cost you a penny — just a bit of focus. This is why I hate it when people complain about themselves.Of course, there are times when life will throw something your way that you can’t dodge, but more often than not, we are the ones holding ourselves down. Why not be smart and witty now? Why not be confident and cunning? You may not feel that you are…but the rest of the world doesn’t need to know that. Present yourself as such and that’s what you will be believed to be. Would it not be easier to fill the shoes if the entire world believes you to already be wearing them?
Let the world think you are the person that you want to be. Create a persona for yourself that the world perceives you as and use the knowledge of how they perceive — you know because you are making sure they see you in a certain way—to your advantage. Find comfort in the fact that you are mutable and not finite. If you don’t like yourself or your life then it is in your power to change it.
The best way is to interact with the world in the most ‘controlled’ fashion possible. Once you begin to understand how others see the world you can begin to point their gaze in the directions you see fit. No lies are necessary and best avoided altogether—people can often see through them. Stick to the truth, the reality that you created for yourself and for those around you.
I often like to think that the most successful people aren’t those who adapt to others, but those who introduce others to and have them adapt to their world.


PRESS CONFERENCE: PROGRAMME SPENDS TSH 19 BILLION TO IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH

 THE US-based World Lung Foundation (WLF) has, for the past six years, spent 12 million US dollars (about 19.2bn/-) to improve maternal health services in Kigoma, Morogoro and Coast regions.This was revealed in Dar es Salaam by the WLF's Chief Executive Office, Peter Baldini, shortly after meeting the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Suleiman Rashid. Mr Baldini was in the country to inspect projects conducted by the foundation.
"The core aspect of the WLF programme in Tanzania is to decrease maternal and infant mortality through targeted enhancements of emergency obstetric care in rural health centres," Mr Baldini noted.Through the programme, the foundation has funded training of health care workers, improvement of infrastructure at health centres as well as provision of equipment.
This has thus enabled setting up of emergency units which are equipped with operating theatres for complicated cases where the women require caesarean section."A lot of lives have been saved as women who hitherto could not access improved medical care are now having services such as caesarean operations at nearby facilities," according to WLF's Country Director Nguke Mwakatundu. Adding; "Last year alone in Kigoma Region, 171 caesarean operations were conducted and this helped to save lives of the mothers."He noted also that some 106 mid-level health workers including clinical officers and assistant medical officers were provided with training that equipped them with skills to attend expectant mothers.
Dr Mwakatundu explained further that the three regions were chosen for the programme since maternal health indicators were very low in the regions."For instance, in Kigoma maternal health indicators showed that only 33 per cent of women give birth at health facilities while at the same time only 14 per cent of women there use contraceptives for family planning," the WLF Country Director explained.During the meeting with the WLF executives, Minister Rashid hailed the foundation for the programme and urged it to expand its services to other parts of the country."The Government of Tanzania appreciates the work that has been done in these regions and we pledge further cooperation towards improving maternal health care," the Minister said.
WLF was established in 2004 in response to the global epidemic of lung disease, which kills 10 million people each year. It mainly focuses lowand middle-income countries, where lung diseases take their greatest toll.The organization's areas of emphasis include tobacco control, indoor air pollution, tuberculosis, and acute respiratory infections. The organization also works on maternal and infant mortality reduction initiatives.

ARE YOU A WARRIOR OR A WORRIER? THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION BECAUSE, DEPENDING ON YOUR ANSWER, YOU CAN EITHER BUILD OR DESTROY YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS.

As we go through the daily challenges of life, we are faced with so many doubts insecurities. It is quite normal for many of us to panic in the face of conflict. However trying times are the best opportunities to figure out which type of person you are.Are you a WARRIOR or a WORRIER? This is a very important question because, depending on your answer, you can either build or destroy your own individual dreams and aspirations. The worrier CAN’T achieve, while the warrior CAN achieve. Worriers run away from challenges because they are afraid of challenges. Warriors look for challenging opportunities because they get inspired by challenges. If you want to achieve greatness, you have to stretch your abilities to achieve outcomes that are currently beyond your abilities. That is the only way you are going to grow and get better.

Worriers blame others for their lack of success.Warriors take responsibility for their own actions. Worriers love to bring people down to their level of misery. Warriors will inspire their followers to elevate their abilities to reach the next level. Worriers vision is always focused on the past. Warriors vision is always focused on the future and the possibilities that the future holds. Warriors know what they want and they will not quit until they achieve it. Worriers will accept defeat.  Warriors will keep on fighting until they succeed.
That is the only tried and tested way to win. Do not let the storms of life turn you into a worrier. You are much stronger than that. You are made to overcome every single adversity that comes your way. Worriers succumb to life’s pressures and abandon what they love. It leads to a life of regret and dissatisfaction. Choose to develop a warriors attitude today.
Take ownership of your actions. Every day, you are faced with a choice. You can be a warrior, or you can be a worrier. Your choice matters a great deal! You are who you say YOU are… Choose wisely, WARRIOR!


RESPECT YOUR ELDERS WAS THE MANDATE TO SHOW A CERTAIN LEVEL OF RESPECT FOR SOMEONE BASED ON AGE NO MATTER WHAT,- ( RESPECT: The Starting Point for Good Ethics )

Every kid has heard the statement, "Respect your elders!" Of course your mom was not only referring to grandparents and uncles but to your bossy older cousin who sometimes picked on you. It didn't matter what the cousin did, "respect your elders" was the mandate to show a certain level of respect for someone based on age no matter what. As a kid it seemed absurd.As you got older and smarter, you discovered the principle that said, "Respect must be earned." If someone didn't earn it or deserve it, they didn't get it. That took the pressure off. Your whole view of respect changed. Now there were strings attached. As a result you developed two categories for respect: things you respected and things you didn't. 
From then on it was easy and convenient to simply put things in the "no respect" category and let your feelings be your guide. Unfortunately, as time went by, rather than making life easier, it got harder. Moral ambiguity and ethical gray areas seemed to be everywhere.

Herein lies the critical connection between ethics and that unconditional respect that prevented you from kicking your cousin in the shins when you thought he deserved it. What your mom was really saying was that you must show everyone and everything a certain level of respect. Respect is more than a feeling but an obligation. You were to respect your friends and your enemies. You were to respect your own toys and your neighbor's.In the big picture, you were being taught that respect equals good behavior and good behavior equals respect. Ethics requires respect. One cannot exist without the other. Ethical success depends on understanding the profound impact that respect has on your ethics and character.We choose between right and wrong in ethical dilemmas all the time. It can be frustrating and confusing to continually focus on the minutia of the problem and the gray areas. To get relief from the moral maze, approach ethics from the respect point of view. Make the connection between respect and ethics. It will give you a fresh perspective and deeper understanding of what is really going on around you.

For example, every employee has struggled with the issue of appropriately using company time. Whether it's showing up late or using company time for personal business, there is an infinite number of rationalizations and excuses to ethically justify what we want.Instead, look at the issue from the respect point of view. Are you being respectful of the company when you spend company time checking your eBay auctions or sneaking out early? No matter what seemingly legitimate excuse you have, seeing it as a respect issue takes the wind out of your rationalization sails.Is it respectful to abuse company equipment because it's not yours? Is it respectful to coworkers to make them clean up your messes or finish your unfinished work? Is it respectful to use inventory for your own use because no one will miss it? The question of respect applies to almost every kind of workplace ethical problem. In most cases it shines a bright light on the deeper principle of the issue and leaves our justifications behind.

Just as conditional respect has its problems, so too does unconditional respect if not fully understood. Unconditional respect means that we maintain a certain level of respect for the rule of law, the authority above us, the people we encounter, and property with which we come in contact. Just because we respect these things does not mean that we do not stand up for injustice or fight a good fight. You will have adversaries in life. A time will come when we will be handed the short end of the stick or will be taken advantage of.
Understand that even in the heat of a battle, respect plays a critical role. In fact, respect can even be a secret weapon. There's nothing better to disarm an angry customer or harassing supervisor than to respond with respect and professionalism. There's no better way to oppose an unjust rule or change the system than to communicate your firm opposition with respect.Showing respect is the quickest route to good ethics. What your mother was really telling you about elders was that respect would take you far in life. She was telling you to start now, even with your annoying cousin and someday you will understand how to solve your problems the right way. Of course now that you're grown up it's not too late to demonstrate how annoying younger cousins can be.

YES,!!! FINISH UP STRONG!

If you are reading this  it means you have made it to the half way mark of the year. One half of our year is complete. Some of us have had an amazing year so far and some of us not so much. Whether its been successful or not, let this month be the beginning of you deciding to take full opportunity of the chance you have been given to finish up strong. For the next six months, decide to go after what you want. Think of it as the six months warm up to your new year.  Its not really about how you started but how you finish. Remember this is a marathon, not a race.
Whatever has happened in the past couple of days, weeks or months, now is the time to let it go. There is no instruction manual to life. Sometimes you will win and sometimes you will lose. Do not expect to get anything back, do not expect any recognition for your effort, and do no expect to gain anything that you haven’t worked hard for. Find peace with that and simply move on. Not out of pride or arrogance but acknowledge that whatever does not fit in with your life should be let go off, close the door on, change the record and focus on your new season. Your failures so far are not how the final chapter of your year will be written. There is still today, tomorrow and the rest of the year to go.

The great thing about being able to wake up every morning is that it means that God has granted us another opportunity to be great, so let this month be the start you have been waiting for or the motivation to continue making this year amazing. Make the decision to be a relentless person and keep pushing yourself everyday to be more. Don’t take “NO” for answer. Try things one way and if it doesn’t work try another way, but whatever you do, do not give up. It’s not too late to make this your year. Ready? Set? Lets go!

***SEIF KABELELE***

ZIFF 2014: FILM AS A TOOL FOR DEVELOPMENT

 The Zanzibar International film Festival has always understood the power of film to unite, inspire and excite. However, ZIFF also understands that film and filmmaking can also be a powerful tool for community and social development, education and upliftment.

Often the process of filmmaking itself, or the stories documented are in inspiration and a way to uplift marginalized groups such as the homeless, displaced or oppressed.  ZIFF’s strong social mandate, and this year’s festival theme “a common destiny” are brought to life through the screenings of a number of films that are more than simply enjoyable entertainment, but rather are the outcome of significant development projects.

ONE STEP BEYOND – TANZANIA BE BOLD TOUR
One Step Beyond is both a documentary film and a powerful catalyst for community-wide and international discussion on the vital concept of “leadership” within our educational institutions.

The story of Tanzanians, John and Furaha, One Step Beyond offers a unique glimpse into the dynamic, potent, and compassionate leadership style of these two young people as they return back to Tanzania, armed with skills of self-awareness, communication, and the power of their voice. They offer a new model of leadership, as they re-engage with their community and establish the simple, yet profound, Voice Giving Project, illuminating what powerful agents of change young people can be in their communities.

This film chronicles the journey of two youth from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania as they leave their homes, travel to the United States for 3 ½ weeks and then return home to rejoin their community as bold leaders. John Tinuga and Furaha Noor are part of a dynamic and challenging youth leadership program known as the Bold Leaders Project, where they are asked to look within and reconnect with basic qualities of their being they may have become unfamiliar with so they can interact with the world of knowledge in a powerful, potent, creative, and imaginative way.

This Be Bold project will be traveling across Tanzania sharing the film and the skills of leadership learned by John & Furaha.

The film has received a strong endorsement from Tanzania’s Ambassador to the USA Liberata Mulamula who writes, “One Step Beyond is a most amazing and inspiring story on the ability of youth in Tanzania to be self sustaining leaders and motivate others.

The film will screen at ZIFF on Wednesday June 18th at the Hilton Hotel Double Tree Kisiwa Hall at 14:50 pm and again, along with a peer-led leadership workshop for young people at the same venue on Saturday June 21st  at 14:00 as part of the Festival of Festivals. 



WOMEN WITH ALTITUDE

This documentary film covers the story of a world-wide initiative that sees women climbing some of the highest peaks in the world to raise awareness and fight against gender based violence.

In 2012 2012 75 people from 36 African countries joined the expedition to climb Mt Kilimanjaro to End Violence Against Women and Girls-- as part of the United Nation's campaign Unite to End Violence Against Women.

Many of the women taking part were in fact survivors of gender based violence and their courage is documented in this amazing film. The project had strong support from the Tanzanian government with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete making an inspiring speech at the foot of the mountain.

Additionally, in support of this campaign, the government of Tanzania has pledged to review and reform discriminatory laws such as the Marriage Act and the Inheritance Act, to take practical measures to improve access to justice, including setting up gender desks in district police stations and referral hospitals, and to dedicate resources for gender-sensitive judicial and security sector reforms.

Of the 73 climbers (representing 36 African nations, United Nations organizations and non-governmental organizations, and among them youths and gender-based violence survivors) 17 summitted Uhuru Peak at 5895m, while 31 made it to Gilman’s Point (5703m). The group included six senior guides – one of whom was a 78-year-old man – 26 assistant guides, 89 porters, 14 cooks and 10 assistant cooks.

The film will be screened at ZIFF at the Old Fort Ampitheatre on Tuesday June 17th at 19:15.

 - See more at:
http://africa.unfpa.org/public/op/preview/news/pid/10422#sthash.dBZlb9oM.dpuf


ABOUT ZIFF

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the longest running film-festival in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition. ZIFF is sponsored by ZUKU through a 10 year contract that runs through 2021.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries. Every cent raised from sponsors and donors ensures the widest possible accessibility of high- quality international screenings and cultural events to all sections of the Tanzanian population.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is a catalyst for the promotion and development of the region’s cultural industries. It encourages and supports the development of artistic skills and the infrastructure necessary for a vibrant and innovative arts environment.
The festival programme gives particular prominence to the visibility and interests of women and children, including the youth.
The main panorama features international film and video screenings, and international retrospectives along with music and performances, main stage events, exhibitions, workshops and seminars.
Emphasis has been given to The East African Film Makers forum and this will continue in Festival 2014, as will dialogues with various filmmakers from across the region.


For more information visit www.ziff.or.tz

FINALLY, BIG BROTHER AFRICA 2014 SEASON 9 CALLS FOR ENTRIES

Are you ready for the drama, loads of laughter and tears? Get ready to be dazzled when Africa’s biggest reality series, Big Brother Africa makes a return this year with its ninth season. The 2014 edition of the reality show that has become extremely popular in BONGO and the rest of the continent will be hitting our screens on Sunday, September 7, 2014. That was how it’s press release announced the hugely anticipated show.
Yes, it’s Big Brother time and since the first season, the reality series has attracted some funny, dramatic, weird and wonderful characters that have kept viewers glued to the screens 24/7. Some housemates who have been part of this huge show have had their talents realized and have gone on to grace TV screens; newspapers and have their profiles trending on every social media site, blog and website.

Season 9 is no different; in fact, housemates and viewers alike will be pleasantly surprised at how Biggie intends to rise to this one. And in true Big Brother fashion, fans of the show and potential housemates will have to wait and see how he will turn dreams of some deserving and eager youngsters into reality and transform them into household names.
Entry is open to the same 14 countries with the only exception being Angola which will be replaced by newcomers Rwanda. As a result of the change, participating countries this year are: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Entries are only open to persons over the age of 21, who are citizens of one of the participating countries and must have a valid passport. Producers are looking for persons who are entertaining and passionate about the Big Brother experience; and they have to be fluent in English.
The audition dates will be finalised in June and more information on BIG BROTHER AFRICA 9 will be made available over the next month, so stay tuned to DStv, follow the action on Twitter and Facebook and keep checking the website.

Big Brother lovers are in for the usual drama the show has been known for in its past editions. Participating countries this year are Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda, the newest country to join the TV show.

ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS ESPECIALLY PROUD TO WELCOME TOP HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER MITCHELL PECK TO THE FESTIVAL AS A SPEAKER, WORKSHOP FACILITATOR AND PANELIST

 This year’s event is proud to welcome a range of film directors and producers from Tanzania as well as from Iran, the UK, USA, Germany, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Uganda and more.

ZIFF is particularly proud to announce that Mitchell Peck, a Hollywood Producer of 3 studio movies - BIO-DOME (MGM), PRIEST (Sony) and CROOKED ARROWS (20th Century Fox) - and numerous studio script development deals will be attending ZIFF as a panelist, workshop leader and speaker.

For 20 years as a movie producer, Mitchell has specialized in working with aspiring writers -- developing their screenplays, and successfully guiding them into top literary agency representation, studio deals, and produced movies.  All of his films were based on screenplays he developed with first-time, unrepresented writers from outside the Hollywood system.  

As Mitchell explains “for my whole career, I have specialized in working with aspiring writers from outside the Hollywood system -- developing their screenplays, and successfully guiding them into top literary agency representation, studio deals, and produced movies. I am honored to be representing the Hollywood filmmaking community at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.”

Mitchell is particularly excited to be attending ZIFF since, as he explains,

I’m well-aware that there’s a lot of screenwriting talent outside of Hollywood — and increasingly, all over the world.  The number of aspiring screenwriters is growing exponentially every year, as the filmmaking process has become more accessible (digital cameras, Kickstarter, etc.).  

That's why I've decided to volunteer my participation at ZIFF, one of the most important and respected film festivals on the crowded circuit.  I will be participating in the "Storytelling and Film Scriptwriting" and "ZUKU Swahili Script writing" workshops, as well as various other activities during the festival.


Peck will join Nick Broomfield and others in the Storytelling and Film Scriptwriting" and "ZUKU Swahili Script Writing" workshops.

Other filmmakers attending the festival include:

Biyi Bandele (Nigeria) – Half a Yellow Sun
Richard Pakleppa (South Africa) – Taste of Rain / Body Games
Marc Hoerferlin
Nick Broomfield (UK)
Eva Knopf (Germany) Majub’s Journey
Yahya Bozi KIbambe (Tanzania) – Little Town Bagamoyo
Michael Adeyemi (UK) Sodiq
Sean Hodgkinson (Trinidad & Tobago) – A Story About Wendy 2
David Cecil (Uganda) – Byebye Muzungu
Liliane Mutuyimane (Rwanda) Motorbike Dreams
David Charles Smith (USA) One Step Beyond
Shirley Gunn (South Africa) We Never Give Up
Umar Turaki (Nigeria) Tolerance
Hugnes Gentillon (Haiti) Love Me Haiti
Musa Nnauye (Tanzania) Barua ya Nang'inyi to Namayani
Deborah Nyakirangani (Tanzania) Struggle to The Unknown Destiny
Isaac Masiga (Kenya) The Distant Boat


ABOUT MITCHELL PECK
Early in his career as a producer, he realized that the high-profile scripts were getting sent from the top literary agencies directly to Hollywood's biggest producers.  Therefore, he had to adopt a different strategy if he wanted to find original scripts to produce.  He began looking outside of the Hollywood system and reading the work of aspiring screenwriters.  

Relying  on his own good taste to identify great stories, and on his development skills to shape these stories into professional screenplays.  The strategy worked.

Mitchell has produced 3 studio movies, and numerous studio script development deals -- all based on screenplays he developed with first-time, unrepresented writers from outside the Hollywood system.  

ABOUT ZIFF

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is the longest running film-festival in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries. Every cent raised from sponsors and donors ensures the widest possible accessibility of high- quality international screenings and cultural events to all sections of the Tanzanian population.
The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is a catalyst for the promotion and development of the region’s cultural industries. It encourages and supports the development of artistic skills and the infrastructure necessary for a vibrant and innovative arts environment.
The festival programme gives particular prominence to the visibility and interests of women and children, including the youth.
The main panorama features international film and video screenings, and international retrospectives along with music and performances, main stage events, exhibitions, workshops and seminars.
Emphasis has been given to The East African Film Makers forum and this will continue in Festival 2014, as will dialogues with various filmmakers from across the region.
For more information visit: www.ziff.or.tz or email pr@ziff.or.tz