KENYAN STUDENT FILM “STICKING RIBBONS” WINS THE SIGNIS AWARD AT ZIFF 2014
The Zanzibar International Film Festival awarded its prestigious prizes in a glittering closing ceremony on Saturday night June 21st. In his speech as Festival Director and CEO of Ziff, Professor Martin Mhando had this to say:
ZIFF’s film culture has always focused on African and Dhow culture. ZIFF embraces its advocacy role and wants to continue to play its unique role to Zanzibar and African society and its needs. That is why ZIFF is such an unwieldy beast. But we love that beast for it allows and enables debate about points of views and it indeed provokes consequences.
During the ceremony the invited guests, including over 30 film directors and filmmakers from over a dozen countries were entertained by artists including King Maloo. Every year ZIFF awards a number of films in various categories.
Student short film “sticking ribbons” was the only film from Kenya that received an award. The SIGNIS award is presented by the World Catholic Association for Communication that has jury members in almost all the major festivals worldwide. It has been presented at ZIFF for the last 10 years. SIGNIS awards an award for Best Feature or Documentary African Film, and also presents The East African Talent Award to a talented and promising new director. The prize awarded is $1000.00.
The Award was accorded to the director of the film Bill Jones. Full list of ZIFF 2014 winners here.
Produced and Written by Njue Kelvin, sticking ribbons tells the story of Kimberley, a former addict, addresses a group of recovering addicts as to why immediately after being released from a rehabilitation center she enrolls back. Through the series of intriguing personal stories, we realize that YES, Kimberley is drug free, but did she really heal the wound? Is she brave enough to face the last hurdle to her complete recovery?
Starring Maureen Koech, Zeph Mwangi, Patrick Oketch, sticking ribbons is an intriguing third year project by Kenyatta University film students and it questions what forgiveness really means.
Watch the trailer of the film below:
By Gerald Langiri
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