The East African island is host this week to the 14th edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF). The festival expects around 2000 children from 20 local schools to attend screenings in the Children & Film Panorama, a section created by ZIFF in collaboration with the Danish Film Institute.
This year's children and youth programme includes films from Algeria, Chile, Denmark, Kenya and Germany. Among the ten Danish films is "The Great Bear", Esben Toft Jacobsen's animated fairy tale infused with an atmosphere of Nordic magic in a setting of vast pine forests and chilly lakes.
Also on show is Vibeke Muasya's "Lost in Africa" with Connie Nielsen as the distressed mother of adopted Simon who gets lost in his country of origin Kenya. Last month the film was bought for African distribution and will be released throughout the continent in July.