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Journey to the State House| 50mins
Director: Javed Jafferji | Producer: Javed Jafferji
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: Tanzania, United Republic of
Subject Tags: africa, belief, conflict, psychology, relationships
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Journey to the State House: The Life of Seif Shariff Hamad – A Documentary on the Political Struggle of One Man and One Archipelago – is a film rich in historical insight and imagery. The film depicts the long and winding story of one of Zanzibar’s most dedicated politicians. Brimming with accounts from politicians and observers alike, the film paints an insightful backdrop of the sheer political magnitude of Maalim Seif Shariff Hamad being elected into power by the Zanzibari people in 2010. The film is a celebration of his personal determination and participation in bringing peace to Zanzibar, and serves as an eye opener to those unfamiliar with the history of Tanzanian and Zanzibari politics. Although topics discussed within the film are political, the film’s producer and director, Javed Jafferji, stresses that the overall aim is not so much political, as it is “a celebration of one man’s exceptional life and struggle, and the emphasis is on the importance of peace in Zanzibar.” Passionate about the story that he felt needed to be told, Jafferji and his team at ZG Films and Media House worked tirelessly for six months to document the referendum and general elections in Zanzibar which would change its political history forever and to collect never before seen photographs, film, and interviews for this fascinating documentary. Jafferji chose to tell this story so that Zanzibaris would spread the news of this monumental shift in Zanzibari politics further a field, in order to “spread the good news of what is happening on the islands.”

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