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TANZANIAN ACTION MOVIE “NYARA – THE KIDNAPPING” SET TO PREMIERE IN KENYA

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The Tanzanian action film “Nyara” (Swahili for “kidnapping”) will be released statewide in Kenyan theatres on February 26th, 2021. The film will be shown in the following cities and cinemas: Nairobi at Prestige Cinema; Westgate Cinema, Anga Cinema (Diamond Plaza); Kisumu at Mega Cinema, Motion Cinema (Greenspan Mall); and Mombasa at Motion Cinema (Greenspan Mall) (Nyali Cinemax). The film “Nyara” will also be shown at Uganda’s NuMax Cinema.

Wanene Entertainment, Tanzania’s renowned production conglomerate and East Africa’s first 360-degree content development firm, has released its debut feature film, “Nyara.” Tanzania’s first domestically made action picture to be blended in 5.1 is a must-see on the big screen (surround sound specifically mixed for cinema release). DJ Sinyorita, Chid Benz, Weusi, and Chin Bees are among the bongo stars who appear on Nyara’s original soundtrack and make cameo appearances.

The plot of the film revolves around the kidnapping of Rehema, a 7-year-old girl who is the daughter of Adam, a wealthy and successful businessman. An ex-military serial killer vanishes from jail and becomes the leader of a legendary kidnapping ring in Dar es Salaam, which is responsible for the kidnapping of Rehema under duress.

Due to a lack of time, Adam seeks assistance from his sister-in-law Faith, who is the head of the Police Special Forces undercover team. She enlists the help of The Dragon Boys, a well-respected and capable team of martial artists. Rose Donatus Ndauka plays Chief Investigator Faith, one of Tanzania’s most popular main actresses in the Bongo movie scene, best known for her appearance in “Swahiba” (2007). Along with the Kung-Fu Dragon Boys, which consists of friends Paul Peter, Baraka Singano, and Jimmy Singano, she exhibits immense talent and versatility. After receiving instruction from Denis Singano, who plays Freddie Ludewe, an escaped convict and gang leader in the film “Nyara,” the trio decided to pursue a career in action films in 2012. Denis is Baraka’s and Jimmy’s older brother in real life.

“Nyara symbolizes the beginning of a new era of possibilities for Bongo movies here in Tanzania,” says director Ram Kasongo, ahead of the film’s debut in Kenya. We’re pleased for Kenyans to see our first commercial action film, which was shot entirely in Tanzania and on location in Dar es Salaam. All of the stunts were performed by the actors themselves, with no stunt doubles used in the production, and all of the costume design, sets, and visual effects were created by a local Tanzanian team.”

Ram says,

“The fact that “Nyara” is premiering nationwide in Kenya, opens doors to the wider global audience and this will additionally help promote Tanzanian talent in the arts,” concluding, “Hopefully this will have a knock-on effect that can see us further develop local talent and produce better and more authentic content that represents the diaspora at large.”

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Netflix and UNESCO Are Looking For The Next Generation of African Filmmakers  

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Netflix and UNESCO have teamed up to establish an innovative short film competition in Sub-Saharan Africa called “African Folktales, Reimagined.” The competition’s winners will receive industry training and mentoring, as well as a US$75,000 production budget, to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as a “Anthology of African Folktales.”

One of the competition’s main goals is to find fresh perspectives and provide young filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa global exposure. We want to identify the most daring, witty, and surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most beloved folktales and share them with entertainment enthusiasts in over 190 countries across the world.

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It is important that the film sector acts to ensure the voices of Africa are heard, by supporting the emergence of diverse cultural expressions, putting forth new ideas and emotions, and creating opportunities for creators to contribute to global dialogue for peace, culture and development.

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

The tournament, which will be run by Dalberg, will run from October 14th until November 14th, 2021. Each of the six winners will get a US$75,000 production grant (via a local production firm) to create, shoot, and post-produce their films with the help of Netflix and industry mentors, ensuring that everyone engaged in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the six winners will get a cash prize of $25,000 apiece.

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Both UNESCO and Netflix agree on the importance of promoting and sharing varied local stories with the rest of the globe. They recognize that many aspiring filmmakers struggle to get the resources and exposure they need to fully realize their potential and advance their creative careers. This competition aims to address these difficulties and provide a platform for African storytellers to showcase their work to a worldwide audience.

This alliance will also assist to create long-term jobs and stimulate economic growth, contributing to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a set of goals aimed at ending global poverty in all of its forms by the end of this decade. This film festival will also contribute to the reduction of disparities by allowing access to global markets and ensuring decent working conditions. All of these are important targets for the 2030 Agenda.

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Afrotape to Focus on it’s Community

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Today marks 3 years since Afrotape was formed. What began as a platform for artists’ services has evolved into a youth brand that will be the leading voice on African culture. It’s been a fascinating and challenging journey, full of invaluable experiences and life lessons that have shaped us into the people we are today. (more…)

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: ANIMATION TRAINING FOR EAST AFRICAN WOMEN

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The Ladima Foundation announced earlier this year a cooperation with Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) and the Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) to provide training, development, and professional opportunities to women working in the animation industry in East Africa. (more…)

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