Ziff considers Selma to be the ideal opening film for this yearâ€™s festival. This is because the film focuses on civil and human rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. and thus resonates with the festivalâ€™s theme this year; Waves of Vision and Hope.
The film stars two actors of African descent, David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, both Britons of Nigerian descent.
In addition, Selmaâ€™s universal themes of human rights and dignity have special significance for Africa, with regards to it colonial and post colonial struggles.
The screening of the Selma on Mandelaâ€™s birth date, 18th of July, ought to bring greater significance to the event.
ZIFF is an annual multi disciplinary art and cultural festival in East Africa. The main panorama features international film and video screenings, and international retrospectives along with music and performances, main stage events, exhibitions, workshops and seminars.
This yearâ€™s ZIFF will take place from the 18th to 26th of July 2015.