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Berlin Premiere: "Samaki Mchangani" & "Shoeshine" with Director Amil Shivji in Attendance

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InfoTickets: 7,50€; ermäßigt: Berlinpass, 5er & 10er Karte, Gildepass, Heavy User Card; 030 283 46 03; www.hackesche-hoefe.org

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With director and producer Amil Shivji in attendance, we are happy to present the Berlin premiere of his two internationally acclaimed and awards winning short films "Samaki Mchangani" and "Shoeshine". The screening will be followed by an open discussion with Amil Shivji as well as a small reception in the cinema foyer.

Samaki Mchangani | 2014 

One of the winners of the 2013 Africa First Focus Features grant, “Samaki Mchangani” (Fish of the Land) is short film in post-production about the “Africa rising” phenomenon. On the auspicious day when Godfrey launches the first Tanzanian cellular company, he is involved in a fatal accident. Haunted by his series of choices, our young ambitious entrepreneur reveals more than one face of ‘Africa rising’.

  • Official selection FESPACO 2015
  • Official selection Luxor African Film Festival 2015
  • Winner Best East African Short EAFN/Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival 2014
  • Official selection Africa International Film Festival 2014
  • Official selection Film Africa 2014
  • Winner Best East African Short at Arusha African Film Festival 2014

Shoeshine | 2013
Set in a busy street of Dar es Salaam, this 24-minute film offers us a conscious and subconscious perspective of the space and people of a shoeshine boy’s city ranging from the local politician to University students as well as the neighbor tea maker. 

  • Official selection 13th Cologne African Film Festival
  • Nominated under narrative fiction at the BornShorts Film Festival 2014
  • Won Best African Short Film at African Film Development Awards 2014
  • Won Best East African Short Film at FESTICAB 2014 (Burundi)
  • Won “People’s Choice Award” at the 16th Zanzibar International Film Festival 2013
  • Nominated Best Short Film at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2014
  • Nominated Best Director at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2014
  • Official selection Colour of the Nile Film Festival 2014
  • Official selection International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014
  • Official selection Luxor African Film Festival 2014
  • Official selection 36th Durban International Film Festival 2013
  • Official selection Film Africa 2013
  • Official selection Euro African Film Festival 2013
  • Official selection Africa In Motion Film Festival 2013
  • Official selection 44th Tampere Film Festival 2014
  • Official selection 33rd Verona African Film Festival 2013

Director
Amil Shivji is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, his homeland, as a freelance filmmaker. He believes Filmmaking is the strongest medium for bringing about social change by confronting social and political injustice. He has always felt the pull of media having experience as a news reporter and a radio host now as a filmmaker. Neocolonialism, cultural and political imperialism and Palestinian solidarity have been at the centre of his activist and media work. He is particularly interested in using his work to challenge historical and contemporary misrepresentations of the African continent. His short film “Shoeshine” has received worldwide recognition and picked up many accolades on the way. He is about to release his second short film – “Samaki Mchangani” (Fish of the Land) which addresses land grabbing in Tanzania.

 

Financially supported by Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation.

In cooperation with Tanzania Network & Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation.

Media Partners: Africiné, SEV-Magazin, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Club der Freunde von RFI, Berlin Poche, rendez-vous-cine.de, Exberliner, multicult.fm, Art Labour Archives, Planète Métis, Contemporary &, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland.

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