Press Release
Festival 2000  Awards  Winner


GOLDEN DHOW – Lifetime Achievement in Music

Bakari Abeid Ali

GOLDEN DHOW – Lifetime Achievement in Music

Idi Abdulla Farhan

GOLDEN DHOW – Lifetime Achievement in Music, Art and Teaching

Seif Salim Saleh [1942 - 2000]

Peoples’ Choice – Most Popular Film in the Festival

Jointly awarded :

NEEMA [Tanzania] Directed by Geoffrey Mhagama

YELLOW CARD [Zimbabwe] Directed by John Ribber

Chairperson’s Award – The film which most powerfully addresses current issues pertinent to the future of African society

Jointly awarded :

LOST INNOCENCE [Uganda/Sierra Leone] Directed by Patrick Vergeynst

WHY DID THEY KILL OUR NEIGHBOURS [Japan] Directed by Kumiko Igarashi


The jury is pleased to make the following citations:
For a sensitive performance by the following:

- SORIA MOUFAKKIR as "Hanifa" in Aid El Kabir (France)
Directed by Karin Albou

- SABINE DRIDI as "Amina" in Avril (Tunisia/France)
Directed by Raja Amari

- NDEYE TOUTY SAMB for the leading role in Premiere Nuit
Sur le Trottoir (First Night on the Street)
Directed by Pape Seck

For capturing the spirit of cinema:

Bye Bye Africa [Chad/France] directed by Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Kumar Talkies [India] directed by Pankaj Rishi Kumar

For presenting a timely expose of a current issue affecting the Eastern and Southern regions of Africa:

White Farmers, Black Land [France/South Africa) directed by Aldo Lee.

Documentary Video Category:


For its fascinating story of women engaged in a survival struggle to enrich their lives and to preserve their rich historical surroundings:
Stone Town: Old Houses and Strong Women in Zanzibar [Tanzania] Directed by Lars Johansson & Farida Nyamachumbe

GOLDEN DHOW AWARD (Best Documentary Video of the Festival)

For the skillful visual articulation of the rich tapestry that is the lives of different communities of people defined by their livelihoods and their common bond with the river:
L’Espirit De Mopti [Spirit of the Mopti] [Mali/France] directed by Moussa Ouane 

Documentary Films Category:


For its capturing of the dramatic reality of the daily struggle for basic human rights and its in depth analysis of their interdependence in African society:
Chef (Chief) [Cameroon] directed by Jean-Marie Teno

GOLDEN DHOW AWARD (Best Documentary Film of the Festival]

Jointly awarded:

For its powerful and, respectful portrait of children caught in a vicious circle of deprivation. It sets out unequivocally that this aspect of South Africa’s priorities is urgent, for a country distracted by the mammouth task of rebuilding itself:
Hillbrow Kids [South Africa] directed by Michael Hammon & Jacqueline Gorgen

For its sensitive observation that provides an insight into the personal and social history, creativity, humour, and subversive resilience of woman who has turned her artistic talents into a tool for survival:
Mokrammeh: Memories and Dreams [Iran/France] directed by Ebrahim Mokhtari -

Short Films Category ( Less than 60 minutes):


For its subtle revelation, with dramatic intensity, of the complex moral and religious dilemmas that are part of family life in an Algeria today:
Aid El Kabir [France/Algeria] directed by Karin Albou

GOLDEN DHOW AWARD   (Best Short film of the Festival]

An incisive and stylish film which presents a biting allegory of the dilemma of a country trying to move toward reconciliation. One of the new directors who signals the wealth of creative talent being nurtured in South Africa:
Portrait Of a Young Man Drowning [South Africa] directed by Teboho Mahlatsi

Feature Films Category:


An admirable debut feature by the director and a first feature that heralds an encouraging future for film in Chad. This film presents the real-life drama of challenges facing African cinema today:
Bye Bye Africa [Chad/France] directed by Mahamat Saleh Haroun  

GOLDEN DHOW AWARD (Best feature film of the Festival]

for the depth of insight it provides, with flare and imagination, to the partition of a nation, the ramifications of which are still experienced today. The jury noted its creative approach to the subject and its attention to historical and cinematic detail:
Jinnah [Pakistan] directed by Jamil Dehlavi



Florence Ayisi (Cameroon/UK) Senior Lecturer in Film and Video Studies. University of Wales College, Newport.

Mariet Bakker (Holland) Founder/Director of Africa in The Picture

June Givanni (Guyana/UK) Programmer, Planet Africa Toronto International Film Festival

Godwin Z. Kaduma (Tanzania) Playwright, Director & Choreographer. Executive Secretary Eastern African Theatre Institute.

Sara Hlupekile Longwe (Zambia) Development Consultant, Feminist, Chairperson of African Women’s Development and Communications Network

Queenae Mulvihill (USA) Film Producer, Director and Writer.

Beatrix Mugishagwe (Tanzania) Director/Producer, Abantu Vision

Farouk Topan (Zanzibar/UK) Senior Lecturer in Swahili, School of Oriental and African Studies – SOAS – University of London; playwright.