Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Filamu ya "Papa's Shadow:" Fursa ya Kuitangaza Tanzania

Nina furaha kuandika kuhusu filamu ambayo imeandaliwa iitwayo "Papa's Shadow," inayomhusu mwandishi maarufu Ernest Hemingway. Katika filamu hiyo, ninaonekana nikiongea na Mzee Patrick Hemingway, ambaye ni mtoto pekee wa Ernest Hemingway aliye hai. Ana umri wa miaka 87. Tunaongelea maisha, safari, maandishi na fikra za Hemingway, hasa kuhusu Afrika.

Sehemu nyingi hapa duniani ambako Hemingway alipita au kuishi na akaandika habari zake, zimejipatia umaarufu. na zinafaidika hasa katika utalii. Mifano ni Cuba na mji wa Pamplona nchini Hispania. Watu wa Tanzania na Afrika Mashariki kwa ujumla tuna bahati hiyo, kwani Hemingway alikuja na kuishi kwetu mara mbili, mwaka 1933-34 na 1953-54, akaandika vitabu, hadithi, insha na barua kuhusu aliyoyaona.

Filamu ya "Papa's Shadow" ilitokana na kozi niliyofundisha Tanzania mwezi Januari mwaka 2013 juu ya Hemingway. Kozi ile ilimhamasisha Jimmy Gildea, mmoja wa wanafunzi wangu, kutengeneza filamu hiyo. Alianzisha kampuni, Ramble Pictures, akaanza kutegeneza hiyo filamu ya kuelimisha. Anaendelea kutengeneza filamu zingine zenye kuelimisha.

"Papa's Shadow" inaitangaza Tanzania kwa namna ya pekee. Kuna kampeni ya kuchangisha fedha za kumalizia malipo ya usajili na taratibu zingine kabla ya filamu kuonyeshwa na kusambazwa. Naleta hapa ujumbe ambao umeandikwa na binti yangu Zawadi, mmoja wa watu wanaojitolea katika Ramble Pictures, unaoelezea kampeni hiyo.

Nitapenda ujumbe huu uwafikie wa-Tanzania popote duniani, hasa wanadiaspora, ofisi za ubalozi, Wizara ya Maliasili na Utalii, Wizara ya Mambo ya Nje na Ushirikiano wa Kimataifa, na wadau wengine wote. Nilitumia miaka kadhaa kusoma maandishi ya Hemingway na kuandaa kozi ambayo ni chimbuko la filamu hii. Ninapangia kuendelea kufundisha kozi hiyo. Nawe m-Tanzania mwenzangu una fursa ya kutoa mchango wako. Tushirikiane. Tutafanikiwa. Sisi tuliokuwepo wakati Tanganyika ilipopata Uhuru tunakumbuka kauli mbiu ya Mwalimu Nyerere ya kuhimiza maendeleo ya Taifa jipya: "It can be done; play your part."

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Hello!

My name is Zawadi Mbele, and I am contacting you today to let you know about an amazing project. Ramble Pictures, a Minneapolis-based, independent film company, recently launched a 30-day "Kickstarter" campaign in order to raise funds for the distribution of our completed documentary, Papa's Shadow.

Papa's Shadow is a personal film about Ernest Hemingway in East Africa. It explores his hunting expeditions and holds key dialogues on subjects such as race, language, and the cultures that distinguish us as citizens of the world. Featuring exclusive testimony by Ernest's only living son, Patrick Hemingway, as well as Tanzanian author and Hemingway scholar, Dr. Joseph Mbele, this documentary explores the integral role of two safaris in their shaping of an author and demise of a legend. 

Over the past four years, hard work and creative energy has been poured into making this feature-length documentary. The film has already been completed, however, we cannot show or distribute the film until we finish paying for copyright licensing. Again, please visit our Kickstarter webpage to learn more about how you can play an important role in bringing this documentary to distribution. Also, with Kickstarter, we are offering exclusive rewards with every donation, such as the new Hemingway Library Edition of "Greens Hills of Africa," signed by Patrick Hemingway. 

If there is someone else from your organization you would recommend contacting, we would be grateful to have our information passed along. If you can, please take the time to explore our webpage and let me know if you have any questions at all. You can email me directly or email Elizabeth Turner at elizabeth@ramblepictures.com.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing back from you!

Sincerely,

Zawadi Mbele
email: zawadi.mbele@gmail.com

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