logoSHUNGU NAMUTITIMA (Smoke That Thunders) International Film Festival of Zambia (SHUNAFFoZ), which starts today in Livingstone, this year runs with a theme: Entrenching Women, Girls and Disability Rights-50 years later’.

The festival, a production of Vilole Images Productions and a brainchild of famed Zambian filmmaker, artiste and human rights activists Catherine Kaseketi will be held from July 26 to August 2 2014.

Various activities have been lined-up including screenings at the theatre and in surrounding partner communities and adjacent villages.

Fora and conferences with themes focusing on women and women with disability rights will feature at the festival and the critique and appraisal of the current and future state of Zambia’s arts and culture sector, marking the country’s 50th Independence Golden Jubilee.

To ensure the success of SHUNAFFoZ 2014, has so far partnered with Kynnyskino Disabled Film Festival – Finland, Community Based.

Rehabilitation Zambia, Livingstone Museum, Chibasa Design Studios, Muumbi ViaMedia, Africa Festival Network (AFRIFESTNET), Arterial Network, Light Bulb Media, American Embassy, Zambezi Paint Ball, Happy Africa Foundation, Livingstone Institute of Business and Engineering Studio (LIBES). Without doubt, the use of art of film is a tool for human rights advocacy through theatrical and community screenings, film skills enhancement, film production, development in trade in film and television products in Africa, exhibiting Zambian artistic / film talent, host film / arts forums, honouring deserving humanitarians, filmmakers and productions that inspire and contribute towards social change and promote Livingstone / Zambia as locations for filming with inclusion of women and persons with disabilities.

Alongside the exciting festival activities, guests to the festival will have an opportunity to visit Zambia’s beautiful natural sites in Livingstone.

From : Allafrica.

26 July 2014