Ousmane Sembène Award / Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015 (ZIFF)

The prestigious Ousmane Sembène was handed over for the 6th time to films which contribute to the development of the African continent and its people. German Development Cooperation (GIZ) is the main sponsor of the prize. The jury selected three out of 17 films chosen for the Ousmane Sembène Award, and two others for a Special Mention in the spirit of Pan Africanism and ZIFF’s vision for the 2015 festival of waves and visions of hope. This year’s prize money worth US $6,000 was distributed equally among three films to support the film in producing their next short films to be submitted for ZIFF 2016

  • ‘Houkak’ (Ousmane Sembène Award) a film by Moroccan filmmaker Younès Yousfi presenting a glimpse into North African urban society.
  • ‘Kwaku’(Ousmane Sembène Award) a film by Ghanaian filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu is a story reflecting the life of a young boy forced to grow up sooner than he should to get himself out of poverty and fend for his ailing grandmother.
  •  ‘Soko Sonko’ (Ousmane Sembène Award) the Market King, a film by Tanzanian filmmaker Ekwa Msangi featuring the changing roles of mothers and fathers in modern Nairobi. Soko Sonko is a hilarious film about a father who goes where no man has gone before.

A special mention was given to Uthandu by Tulanana Bohela– a student film about a tragedy that takes place around a love triangle between two sisters and their mutual lover. Another special mention was given to Liberté Emprisonnée by filmmaker Sarah Mikayil – a student film that shows in a little episode the intimate world of a handicapped man and his mother’s quest for some sense of normality in her son’s life. It touches the very sensitive issue of a paraplegic man and his sexuality – a story to overcome prejudice.
This year’s award was handed over by Mr. Martin Müller, the outgoing GIZ Director for East Africa. The cost for the prize money is shared among all GIZ programmes and projects in Tanzania.
More information on the award and this year’s winners is available from the ZIFF web site.