Lusaka’s biggest film festival back for 5th edition

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Actor Owas Mwape

Actor Owas Mwape

The Lusaka International Film & Music Festival (LIFMF) 2016, an annual festival that celebrates the best of local and international film-making is back for the 5th edition that is bigger and better. The 8-day event will be held from the 28th of October to the 4th November with a total of 23 international and local awarding winning films from around the world to be showcased at Ster Kinekor Cinemas Arcades Mall and Freshview Cinemas at Levy Junction Mall in Lusaka.

The People’s Republic of China opens this year’s film festival with ‘House of Flying Daggars a classic film that is considered as on of the top 100 world cinema movies. A must see!

It is the second time LIFMF partners with the People’s Republic of China.

The Embassy of the United States of American partner LIFMF with the film ‘Big Dreams’. The director Kelly Cox will conduct a Masterclass for film makers in Kasama from the 25th – 27th October before coming to Lusaka and attending the screening of her film Big Dreams.

A new partner is the United Nation High Commission for Refugees who host a Cultural Gala Night through the screening of the award winning film ‘Pushing the Elephant’ a story from the DRC.

LIFMF 2016 collection offers an array of films from across the globe with some of the best of World cinema. A few of the highlights are ‘Fukushima; A Nuclear Story’, a film not only about Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, but rather a narrative of the tragedy from a completely original point of view. The controversial documentary is a four-year long journey in the tragedy that befell Japan in 2011 and was directed by Italian Director, Matteo

To a light-hearted one brought to you by the People’s Republic of China is, ‘Dragon Blade’, a 2015 drama and action packed film featuring well-acclaimed actor Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody and jack Cusack is a must-see. A massive hit in its native China, Dragon Blade has been the biggest box office movie of all time.

LIFMF 2016 also premieres some priceless African classics through its partnership with the French Embassy and the Alliance Francaise. The Swedish Embassy and the sewdish African films from Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Senegal, Cameroon and Zambia. Alastair Cole, Director of ‘Colours of the alphabet’ tells a story that is close to many African hearts – a tale of three first time school pupils in rural Zambia who struggle to make sense of the educational system where the language they speak at home is different from the language used in the classroom.

This year LIFMF not only showcases films and music but has partnered with local visual artists (painters) who will exhibit their works to the public to enjoy and purchase.

Founder and Director of Lusaka International Film & Music Festival Ms Charity Maruta has confirmed that the Chinese Embassy in Zambia, UNHCR, US Embassy in Zambia, Embassy of Sweden are among the sponsors and partners of the festival. “We look forward to a bigger and more colorful event this year with so many flags been represented at the festival. We hope that the films initiate conversations after the screenings and we encourage the public to see as many films as possible during the festival” stated Ms Maruta.

Details of the Lusaka International Film & Music Festival showing can be found on the event website at and social media platforms.


One Response to Lusaka’s biggest film festival back for 5th edition

  1. H…M….M…GOOD. lets enjoy…….

    October 27, 2016 at 7:57 am

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