Shungu Namutitima International Film Festival Executive Director Catherine KaseketiA project of Vilole Images Productions, Shungu Namutitima (Smoke That Thunders) International Film Festival of Zambia (SHUNAFFoZ) was founded to pursue a focused vision of contributing to the development of the Zambian film industry and on the premise of contributing towards empowering individuals to the growth and visibility of the local film industry with the main focus on celebrating the abilities of/for women and persons wth disabilities through the art of film.

SHUNAFFoZ 2014 runs from 28 July to 2 August in Livingstone in Zambia with various activities including screenings at the theatre and in surrounding partner communities and adjacent villages.

Forums 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.

The theme for SHUNAFFoZ is ‘Entrenching Women, Girls and Disability Rights – 50 Years Later’. The festival is a platform for networking, mentorship and promotion of the films with themes that inspire and contribute towards positive social change.

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.

Livingstone, the tourist capital city of Zambia and home of this year’s Shungu Namutitima International Film Festival, is a bustling, colonial town shaded by red-flamed Flamboyant trees and deep purple Jacarandas. It’s a rare African city with classic art deco and colonial homesteads. Restaurants, bars and markets abound. The Maramba market sells every conceivable item from chitenge (brightly coloured fabric), fruit and vegetables, to mushrooms and rice, souvenirs, live chickens and beads and handcrafted furniture.

The spectacular Victoria Falls, the world’s widest curtain of falling water and previously one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is at the centre of Livingstone, which is fast becoming the adventure capital of Southern Africa. With its legendary Falls Resort, Sun International operates two great accommodation options in the area if you think that this just might be the place you want to be come film festival time:

The five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel is an earthy retreat overlooking the Victoria Falls. Named as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, this beautiful African hotel is highly sought after for its beautiful World Heritage location, fine dining, adventurous outdoor activities and warm hospitality. There’s no better way to relax and enjoy the breath taking sunsets than from the hotel’s popular decks overlooking the Falls. The three-star Zambezi Sun’s informality is echoed in its carefree architecture, buffet restaurant and lively pool scene. It’s the perfect place to visit for a family holiday filled with adventure.​

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