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 the 2015 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 says; ”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 is 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,” says Rogers. The screening of the film falls on the birthdate of Nelson Mandela and Zuku believe this 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 ZIFF. To have a Paramount Pictures award winning film open the 2015 festival proves that an East African Festival is of international standards.
ZIFF will take place between Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 26 July in Stonetown. It is the longest running film festival in East Africa, with global credibility and Pan-African recognition. As in previous years, ZIFF will welcome dozens of professional and aspiring film directors and producers from across Africa and the world for eight days of film, music and cultural celebration.