|ORIGINAL TITLE:||NDOTO YA SAMIRA (SAMIRA'S DREAM)|
|PRODUCTION CO.||FALL FILMS Ltd (Ireland)|
|CAMERA:||VITTORIA FIUMI/PINA MASTROPIETRO/NINO TROPIANO|
|EDITORS:||NINO TROPIANO/LUCA GIANFRANCESCO/ALINE HERVÉ|
|CREATIVE CONSULTANT:||SAFINEZ BOUSBIA|
|MUSIC:||BI-KIDUDE (Zanzibar), SEBASTIANO FORTE (Italy)|
Developed with the support of the MEDIA PROGRAMME of the European Community.
In collaboration with Simon Cumbers Media Awards (Ireland).
The story of a Zanzibari woman, Samira, who aspires to have a family like all of her friends, but is also determined to pursue a higher education and a career.
Throughout 7 years of her life, social pressure and the respect of traditions, constantly confront her to choosing one over the other.
On a visit to the island of Zanzibar, I came across a group of local young women, in the fishing village of Nungwi. They agreed to share their stories. Only one girl from the entire group owned a mobile phone and spoke a few words of English: Samira.
What started as a curiousity conversation developed into becoming the subject of my film for the ensuing 7 years to come!
The story follows the everyday daily life of a 21 year old Samira, growing up to a reality that pressures her into marriage while she is determined to further her knowledge in life and better her condition as a woman.
She does not want to be the rebel in her society, the one who does not respect the religion of her people nor their traditions. Samira wants to have a family and mother a child like the rest of her friends, but sees no obstacle in also being a successful woman, a role model for her society.
Should she renounce to being simply a mother or to continue fighting to become also an independent modern woman?
Engaging with Samira and her personal struggle, I saw an allegory that speaks to all of us.