selma-movieThe internationally acclaimedGolden Globe winning  Selma  is set to open the Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015 at the Old Fort Ampitheatre in Stonetown, Zanzibar on July 18th.

Narrating the story of Dr. Martin Luther King and the struggle for civil rights in the USA in the 1960s, Selma is the ideal film to open this year’s ZIFF – as the theme- Waves and Visions of Hope is perfectly reflected in the underlying message of the film, resonating with audiences across the globe.

Festival Director, Martin Mhando explains further, “ZIFF prides itself on showcasing films with strong social messages. In 2014 we opened ZIFF with the Mandela film, Long Walk to Freedom, and we are especially proud in 2015 to open with another international film that focuses on an icon of civil and human rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Selma will be an inspirational way to open ZIFF 2015 and to highlight our focus on hope and social change.”

 Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film chronicling the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition, also stars two actors of African descent, David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, both Brits of Nigerian descent.

The Zanzibar International Film Festival, scheduled for18th – 26th of July 2015, is the longest running film-festival in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition. Organised by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries, ZIFF encourages and supports the development of artistic skills and the infrastructure necessary for a vibrant and innovative arts environment.

 The screening of the film on July 18th, the birthdate of Nelson Mandela will bring added significance to the event.

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