Set in a busy street of Dar es Salaam, this 24-minute film offers us a conscious and subconscious perspective of the space and people of a shoeshine boy’s city ranging from the local politician to University students as well as the neighbor tea maker.  


Official selection 36th Uppsala Short International Film Festival 2017; Nominated for the Young African Filmmaker’s Award (YAFMA) at 21st Afrika Film Festival (Belgium); Nominated under narrative fiction at the BornShorts Film Festival 2014; Won Best African Short Film at African Film Development Awards 2014; Won Best East African Short Film at FESTICAB 2014 (Burundi); Won “People’s Choice Award” at the 16th Zanzibar International Film Festival 2013; Nominated Best Short Film at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2014; Nominated Best Director at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2014; Official selection Colour of the Nile Film Festival 2014; Official selection International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014; Official selection Luxor African Film Festival 2014; Official selection 36th Durban International Film Festival 2013; Official selection Film Africa 2013; Official selection Euro African Film Festival 2013; Official selection Africa In Motion Film Festival 2013; Official selection 44th Tampere Film Festival 2014; Official selection 33rd Verona African Film Festival 2013

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Amil Shivji

Amil Shivji is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, his homeland, as a freelance filmmaker and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam. He has set up an independent production house called Kijiweni Productions that is committed to telling local stories with an international standard. He also founded Kijiweni Cinema where African films are screened monthly followed by discussion. He believes Filmmaking is the strongest medium for bringing about social change by confronting social and political injustice. He has always felt the pull of media having experience as a news reporter and a radio host now as a filmmaker. Neocolonialism, cultural and political imperialism have been at the centre of his activist and media work. He is particularly interested in using his work to challenge historical and contemporary misrepresentations of the African continent, however, any representation without self-critique would be pointless. He has written, directed and produced two short fiction films Shoeshine (2013) and Samaki Mchangani (2014) that have addressed issues ranging from corruption and land grabbing to a commentary on the growing class divide. They have received worldwide recognition, participating in prestigious festivals such as International Film Festival Rotterdam and FESPACO in Burkina Faso as well as picking up many accolades on the way including winning People’s Choice Award in Zanzibar and Best Director and Best Short film in Africa. His debut as a feature film producer was with  Aisha (2015) and has been screened in Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, Tanga, Toronto, Singapore and picked up four awards at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in July 2016.  He has just released his directorial debut for a feature film called T-Junction (2017) that opened ZIFF 2017 and garnered three awards on the closing night.

All from this director.