Zuku Announces The Academy Award Winning Selma As The Official Opening Film For Ziff 2015

This year, the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning film SELMA will officially open ZIFF 2015 on Thursday, July 18th. SELMA is a historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis that forever altered history.

The film stars actors David Oyelowo as Dr. King and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson and rapper and actor Common as Bevel.

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. It has a universal theme of human rights and dignity significant to Africa with its colonial and post-colonial struggles – Zuku TV Director, Mandy Rogers explains further, `Zuku is extremely proud to be part of and sponsor this world class festival“. As a satellite broadcaster, we are invested in the production and expansion of East African content.’

In 2014 ZIFF opened up with the Mandela film, Long Walk to Freedom, and honored to open with another international film that focuses on an icon of civil and human rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in 2015. SELMA will be an inspirational way to open ZIFF 2015 and to highlight our focus on hope and social change.” The screening of the film on July 18th, the birthdate of Nelson Mandela will bring added significance to the event.

As a homegrown East African brand under Wananchi Group with TV services that have successfully launched in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia, Zuku is proud and privileged to partner with the Zanzibar International Festival with such international appeal. To have a Paramount Pictures award winning film open the 2015 festival proves that an East African Festival is of international standards.

The Zanzibar International Film Festival sponsored by ZUKU, will take place between 18th and 26th July 2015 in Stonetown. It is the longest running film-festival in East Africa, with global credibility and instant Pan-African recognition. As in previous years ZIFF will welcome dozens of professional and aspiring film directors, producers from across Africa and the world for 8 days of film, music and cultural celebration.

About Zuku
Zuku is a homegrown East African brand under Wananchi Group, established with the aim of making quality home entertainment and communication services accessible to rapidly growing, choice conscious African middle class. Zuku TV services have been successfully launched in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and most recently Zambia with aggressive plans to roll out to more countries in the near future.

About ZIFF
The Zanzibar International Film Festival of the Dhow countries 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 Festival’s mission is 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.

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