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Zanzibar: Embracing Tradition, Navigating Change


Echoes of the Ocean's Untold Secrets

Discover the untold story of Zanzibar, where the rhythm of the ocean echoes through centuries of tradition and resilience. From the vibrant fishing communities that thrive on the bounty of the Indian Ocean to the delicate balance of seaweed farming and the rich tapestry of natural medicine and shamanism, Zanzibar Untold delves deep into the heart of this island paradise. Join us on a journey through the chapters of village life, tourism, and conservation, where the people of Zanzibar strive to protect their cultural heritage and the precious ecosystems that sustain them. Experience the beauty, the challenges, and the hope of a community deeply connected to the land and sea.


Voices of Zanzibar: Portraits of Tradition and Transition

Meet the colorful cast of characters who bring the vibrant tapestry of Zanzibar to life. From seasoned fishermen navigating the choppy waters in traditional ngalawa canoes to the industrious women cultivating seaweed along the coastline, each individual embodies the island’s rich cultural heritage. Join us as we journey alongside these local heroes, from bustling fish auctions at Kizimkazi to the serene tranquility of village life. Along the way, we’ll encounter shamans who bridge the gap between past and present, and conservationists striving to protect the island’s delicate ecosystems. Get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating world of Zanzibar, where tradition meets modernity, and every character has a story to tell.

directors and producers

something about the directors and producers

Embark on an unforgettable cinematic voyage as we unveil the hidden treasures of Zanzibar in “Zanzibar Untold.” This captivating documentary takes audiences on a mesmerizing exploration of the Indian Ocean’s jewel, revealing the untold stories of its people, traditions, and natural wonders. Led by a diverse team of producers, each bringing their unique set of talents and perspectives, this film promises to immerse viewers in the rich tapestry of Zanzibari culture while shedding light on the importance of environmental conservation and sustainable practices. Join us as we delve deep into the heart of Zanzibar, where echoes of the tide whisper tales of resilience, harmony, and untold beauty.



Cosmin Dumitrache, a seasoned cinematographer and visual storyteller, lends his creative talents to ``Zanzibar Untold.`` With a portfolio spanning from nature documentaries to immersive travel films, Cosmin brings a cinematic flair to the project. His expertise in capturing stunning landscapes and intimate human moments adds depth and visual richness to the narrative. Cosmin's collaborative spirit and technical prowess ensure that each frame of the film resonates with authenticity and beauty, inviting viewers into the captivating world of Zanzibar.


Assistant Director

Roxana Banaseanu brings her expertise in documentary filmmaking to ``Zanzibar Untold,`` having previously produced award-winning films focused on cultural exploration and environmental conservation. With a keen eye for storytelling and a passion for capturing authentic narratives, Roxana plays a pivotal role in shaping the overall vision of the movie. Her background in anthropology and environmental studies informs her approach, allowing her to delve deep into the cultural nuances of Zanzibar while highlighting the importance of sustainable practices in filmmaking.



Ciprian Iftime, Zanzibar investor and cultural advocate, offers invaluable insights and connections to the production of ``Zanzibar Untold.`` As a resident of the island, Ciprian possesses an intimate understanding of its people, traditions, and natural wonders. His role as a producer bridges the gap between the filmmaking team and the local communities, fostering trust and collaboration throughout the project. Ciprian's deep-rooted passion for preserving Zanzibar's heritage and promoting sustainable tourism shines through in his contributions to the film, ensuring that it authentically represents the spirit of the island.

Filmmakers about the movie

Zanzibar Untold offers a mesmerizing journey into the heart of this captivating island, weaving together breathtaking visuals with rich storytelling. As a filmmaker, I was struck by the authenticity and depth of the narratives shared, shedding light on aspects of Zanzibari culture rarely seen on screen. A must-watch for anyone seeking to explore the hidden gems of this vibrant destination.

Zanzibar Untold is a masterful portrayal of the intricate tapestry of life on the island. The film beautifully captures the essence of Zanzibar's people, traditions, and landscapes, inviting viewers to embark on a transformative cinematic experience. I was particularly impressed by the cinematography, which effortlessly transports audiences into the heart of each story. A truly inspiring cinematic achievement.

Zanzibar Untold is a captivating ode to the magic of storytelling and the power of film to bridge cultures. Through its diverse narratives and evocative imagery, the movie offers a compelling glimpse into the soul of Zanzibar, inviting viewers to embark on a sensory journey unlike any other. As a fellow filmmaker, I was deeply moved by the raw emotion and authenticity captured on screen, leaving a lasting impression that lingers long after the credits roll.

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