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One Day In Nungwi

One Day In Nungwi

Director
Matt Hopkins

Nungwi is a sleepy fishing village on the remote northern coast of Zanzibar.

We spent 24 hours in and around the village capturing its unique charm and character.

The Background

Upon finishing a series of resort commercials on the island, we ventured away from the swimming pool to capture a different side to island life.  Within 2km of our resort, we stumbled across Nungwi, a thriving market village serving Zanzibari fishermen as well as those from the surrounding islands of Pemba and Tumbatu. The draw was instant - we decided to spend a day filming in and around the village.

The Journey

Shooting from the hip, we let the day unfold in front of us, capturing natural moments observationally.  After greeting them in very poor Swahili, the locals welcomed us and our camera as we slowed to the pace of the village itself, capturing the ebbs and flows of beach life.

The Outcome

With the film complete, we entered the Zanzibar International Film Festival, which allowed the film to be screened to a local audience inside the walls of the island’s ancient capital, Stonetown.

We’ll be back on the island very soon and are looking to extending the film to capture what happens after sunset, following the fishermen as they head out onto the ocean to bring in their catch overnight.