THE ANCESTORS EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Dir. Amil Shivji, Rebecca Corey
Tanzania. 2018. 93 mins. Swahili with English subs
John Kitime is in his 60s and on a mission to try and revive the sound of Zilipendwa, popular in his youth and the soundtrack to Tanzania’s independence era. In a journey between past and present, John is on a quest to gather his old band members and make Zilipendwa current again.
*Join us Upstairs at The Ritzy after this screening for a Film Africa LIVE! Africa Jambo performance. Entry free to ticket holders.
Amil Shivji is based in Tanzania, his homeland, as a filmmaker and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam. He believes in using images to challenge the powers that be, in particular deconstructing urban facades of development and emphasising the strength and struggles of margalinised communities. His independent production house, Kijiweni Productions has produced five award winning films that have been played across the globe.
Rebecca Yeong Ae Corey
Rebecca Yeong Ae Corey is the managing and artistic director of Nafasi Art Space, a multidisciplinary centre for contemporary arts in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Rebecca also co-founded the Tanzania Heritage Project, which digitizes, archives, records, and promotes Tanzanian music.