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Tanzania | 2015 | 112 minutes | Chande Omar

When a Tanzanian businesswoman experiences a brutal attack upon returning to her home village, she discovers that friends and family are willing to turn a blind eye to the abuse that women suffer and decides to fight for justice no matter the consequence.

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Returning home to her village for her sister’s wedding, city businesswoman Aisha looks forward to revisiting family and friends from her youth. Her new status makes her stick out within the community, but she is happy that her childhood sweetheart wants to reconnect. Their intended rendezvous is the gossip of the town, and, though both are now married to others, it becomes apparent that her former flame expects more than a night of reminiscing. When she rejects his advances, he retaliates brutally, and Aisha must find the strength within to fight for justice in a social system that can only see that she was “asking for it.” Aisha is an exceptional debut from director Chande Omar, who has captured a star-making turn from Godliver Gordian in the title role; Aisha’s character arc requires Gordian to journey from naive outsider through hopelessness to, ultimately, empowered determination without striking a false note. Supported by gorgeous cinematography of urban and rural Tanzania, Aisha is a moving and socially conscious feminist tale that raises the bar for future Tanzanian film production.

Director Biography
Chande Omar, from Zanzibar, Tanzania, has years of filmmaking experience as a writer, director, and producer for documentaries and features. A former head of Zanzibar National Television, he is now the Executive Secretary of the Zanzibar Broadcasting Commission. Aisha is his first feature film. 

Sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Director: Chande Omar
Principal Cast: Godliver Gordian, Adarusi Walii, Flora Nicholas, Juma Madenge
Country: Tanzania
Year: 2015
Running Time: 112 minutes
Producer: Amil Shivji
Screenplay: Hamadu Mwapachu
Cinematographers: Takura Maurayi
Editors: Momose Cheyo
Music: Vital Maembe, Julian Gordon-Hastings
Filmography: Chukua Pipi (2010); Mwari Kavunja Ungo (doc, 2006)
Language: Swahili
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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