Giving Nature A Voice Wins Top TV Series Award at ZIFF 2018

Giving Nature A Voice Wins Top TV Series Award at ZIFF 2018

Photo Caption: Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Executive producer of Giving Nature a Voice, Andrew Tkach addresses the press at ZIFF 2018.

Giving Nature a Voice (GNV), an environmental reporting programme of The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC), was awarded the Best TV Series in the non fiction category at the 2018 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), in Stone Town Zanzibar.

The series, which has been broadcasted during primetime on Kenya’s NTV since 2017, has featured in-depth reports on Africa’s most urgent environmental crises such as the threats posed by plastic pollution to Kenya’s coastline, how climate change is affecting East Africa’s Great Lakes, to the need to conserve endangered species such as the black rhinos of Kenya and the mountain gorillas of Rwanda; Giving Nature A Voice has fostered public debate and mobilized action to defend East Africa’s wildlife and environment.​​​

Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Executive producer of GNV Andrew Tkach attended the event and spoke of the importance of documentaries on ecological issues. “I am so happy to accept this award on behalf of my colleagues at GSMC, our funders and all the dedicated East African filmmakers who contributed to the Giving Nature a Voice TV series. But most of all I am thrilled to give East African communities and the nature that surrounds them, a loud voice and the hope for a sustainable future, said Andrew.

The new categories of best TV and best Web Series were announced last year by ZIFF as part of its partnership with Africa’s largest content markets, DISCOP. The awards saw some of Africa and the world’s best known content producers and distributors on hand for DISCOP Zanzibar.

The Zanzibar TV Series Festival strives to create a stage on which the foremost creators in the world of TV series come together, where tomorrow’s talents are showcased and a prestigious international competition for a wide range of genres and for series of all shapes and forms is presented.

The GNV programme seeks to give a voice to East Africa’s threatened biosphere and explores a wide range of topics, from deforestation to the threats faced by Mother Africa’s greatest lakes—Victoria, Turkana, Naivasha and Tanganyika. GNV has created a syndicated series of 26 documentaries watched by millions of viewers weekly via prime time broadcasts on NTV, East Africa’s largest television network.