Zanzibar, July, 24th, 2017 (SIGNIS). The SIGNIS Jury at the Zanzibar international film festival 2017 awarded the south African film "Noem My Skollie/Call Me Thief" directed by Daryne Joshua.

Based on a true-life story of a man who lived to tell how he narrowly escaped a death sentence following involvement in gangster activity among the Colored communities in Rainbow nation in Cape Town South Africa; it depicts the reality of life in contemporary societies in Africa where drug abuse and gangster activities seem to becoming rampant.

The film also won the coveted Golden Dhow Award, which is the ultimate prestigious award at Zanzibar International Film Festival and has a cash prize of US $ 3000.

The second award from SIGNIS was for Eastern Africa Talent Award, where excellent upcoming films makers from East African Countries namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are considered. This year’s prize was scooped by Steven Aayen from Uganda who directed the film Kony: Order from Above. The film captured the brutality of a religious fanatic Joseph Kony, a Ugandan rebel who led the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a militia that terrorized northern Uganda and neighboring countries in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The jury members were Pamela Adinda (Kenya), Andrew Kaufa (Malawi) and Antonio Urrata (Italy).