Afghan film actresss Leena Alam has won the ‘Best Actress’ Award at the Sinema Zetu International Film Festival ( SZIFF) 2019 Tanzania.

Sinema Zetu International Film Festival (SZIFF) is a 53 day long Film Festival held annual in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.  Perhaps heading to Guiness Book of  World records.

Popularly known as SZIFF, the Awards were declared on 23rd of February, 2019. The festival had two categories – Swahili Panorama and World Cinema.

The Swahili Panorama has representation of 135 movies produced in Swahili language from different African countries, while the ‘World Cinema’  witnessed 35 movies from 19 countries including Afghanistan, China, Estonia, India, Iran, Italy, Indonesia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Zambia.

In World Cinema, Leena Alam won the ‘Best Actress’ Award for her role in the movie “Letter to the President”. The movie is a representation from Afghanistan and was directed by Roya Sadat .  The Award is shared with Myra Vishwakarma, for her role in the Indian film ‘PIHU’.

Festival Director Jacob Joseph commented that the festival bestow awards to filmmakers as a tribute to their creativity, innovation and contribution towards the industry.


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