• Zamora
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2012
Format : Feature
Running time : 95 (in minutes)

Zamora is a traveler. ZAMORA is much more than a swahili love story... it is an evolution of one man's hidden desires, and his quest to find true love. Filmed against a backdrop of mystical and mythological world of Zanzibar, the story revolves around Zamora, a vain artist/womaniser on a voyage of self discovery.

Filled with romantic connotations about the spice island, he meets a beautiful Omani woman who mesmerises and inspires him to buy a dhow to have a comfortable life in ‘Paradise'. Zamora's passion for the unknown, a reckless adventurous lifestyle and a sordid past lands him in nightmarish situations. Through three separate emotionally charged relationships, (Zulfa, Saada and Zareena) he almost becomes a victim of the confrontation between the good and the evil.

Zulfa stands for innocent love spiced with traditional restrictions. Saada stands for the mystical, magical and unconditioned side to the African psyche. Zareena stands for power and obsession and its immoral implications.

The film explores the adoptive nature of the African spirit with all its consequent pro's and con's.

Shams Bhanji (Director), Cyril Ducottet (Cinematographer) and Michiel Van Oosterhout (Screenplay) have worked as a team for the last five years and come from a background of various acclaimed short films from Uganda. Zamora is their first independent feature.

The film boasts a star studded Tanzanian cast…....
Richard Bezuidenhout (Big Brother Africa winner),
Richa Adhia (Miss Tanzania 2007),
Renalda Arbogast (A leading contemporary dancer)
and Habiba Mwinyi (A talented upcoming Zanzibari actress).

Inspirational costumes and set design by the world renowned fashion guru Faroque Abdalla and an original music score by well known Zanzibari musical icons... Matona Mohamed, Mahfudh Ali Mahfudh, Rajab Suleman and Bi Kidude... Zamora is a showcase of the best creative talent that Tanzania has to offer.

Produced by Javed Jafferji (ZG Films) a world renowned Zanzibari photographer.

ZG Films
Javed Jafferji, Managing Director
Tel: +255774 411129/ +255784 329718
P O Box 3181, Zanzibar
Tel 02232244

2013 | 23rd Fespaco - Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | from February 23 - March 2.
* Best Digital Fiction Feature

2012 | ZIFF - Zanzibar International Film Festival.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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