A flourishing garden makes for a healthy family. This short documentary, and the four support videos that accompany it, are a guide for better farming and thus better living.
Juma is a poor fisherman who loves telling tales. Amina is the girl who loves to hear his stories. The two are in love but cannot be together because her father wants her to have a better life than Juma can offer. Yet something happens that pushes Juma and Amina to find a way to be together before Ali marries her off to Yustus, a rich but self-serving young suitor. Juma must put everything on the line to save their love, but he must sacrifice more than he bargained for in order to succeed.
MFDI Tanzania’s new film, Chumo has premiered and is now available for purchase through STEPS Entertainment! The official launch occurred over two days, with a private screening for partners, cast and crew at Movenpick Hotel and a public screening at Biafra grounds in Dar es Salaam, where more than five thousand people watched the film- twice!
MFDITZ was in Zanzibar this weekend for the Zanzibar International Film Festival, where Chumo director, Jordan Riber, took the Industry Award for Best Director and Jokate Mwegelo, who plays Amina in the film, won the Industry Award for Best Actress. Congratulations Jordan and Jokate!
Chumo has already taken part in the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the NW Projections Film Festival in Bellingham, WA, where it won the Golden Hamster for Best Narrative Short and Best of Projections (best film). Next month Chumo goes to South Africa for the Durban International Film Festival.
Anna and John have a good life together. They have two beautiful children, and a lovely home. For all these reasons, Anna should be happy and she can’t understand why she is not. She’s exhausted, but cannot sleep. She has no appetite and feels afraid all the time. She cries silently so no one will hear. But someone does hear, and her life does change.
MFDI Tanzania has over the course of the last three years helped the STRADCOM project, headed by Johns Hopkins University (CCP), to develop and produce a series of radio spots communicating around cross generational sex and HIV. The result is the tremendously popular Fataki Campagin. The term "Fataki" is now a commonly known and used term in Tanzania and can be used to describe an older person that is, or would like to be, sexually involved with a person of a younger generation.
Amina, a young Swahili girl, is forced by her greedy father to marry a rich, HIV-positive old man. Though she dreams of getting an education, she must leave school to care for her sick husband. Fimbo ya Baba shows the plight of young women in rural Tanzania and the socio-cultural norms and practices that affect their lives so deeply.
Fimbo ya Baba is the first rural film produced by the Pangani-based NGO UZIKWASA (And the first film shot in rural Pangani with local resources) in collaboration with Dr. Augustin Hatar of the University of Dar es Salaam, and Nkwabi Nghangasamala of the Bagamoyo College of Arts. It was directed by Chande Omar, who is also the director of Television Zanzibar.
This PSA was produced in 2010 for Family Health International (FHI), and intended to provoke dialogue around the issue of gender based violence in Tanzania. The script was developed by FHI and MFDI. The PSA presents a very common situation in Tanzania, with a not so common but desired ending.
In southern Tanzania, mask dances are a popular way of conveying sensitive messages without offending people. This short film depicts the experiences of TGPSH-GTZ in promoting communication and information about reproductive health and the dangers of HIV/AIDS through theater & mask dances.
Music and lyrics are perfectly matched in this thought-provoking music video compilation of popular Tanzanian artists. With themes ranging from parentchild communication to stigma, each of the eight music videos is carefully designed to highlight important issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Contemporary Tanzanian artists include Banana Zorro, Lady Jaydee, Mzee Yusuph, Enika, Flora Mbasha, Bitchuka, Paul Ndunguru and Carola Kinasha.