Africa and I

Othmane Zolati’s 90-minute documentary ‘Africa and I’ has won an award at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Image via Twitter @gomagSA

‘Africa and I’: Moroccan doccie wins big at Pan African Film Festival [watch]

In his doccie ‘Africa and I’, Moroccan explorer Othmane Zolati travelled 30 000 kilometers across 24 countries with only R1.2k in his pocket.

Africa and I

Othmane Zolati’s 90-minute documentary ‘Africa and I’ has won an award at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Image via Twitter @gomagSA

Adventurer, explorer and filmmaker Othmane Zolati documented his 30 000 kilometre trip through 24 countries in a feature documentary titled Africa and I. As the documentary is making waves across the globe, it is also celebrating an award. Africa and I won the Best First Feature Documentary award at the 30th Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles which kicked off on 19 April.

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Othmane Zolati’s Africa and I is the captivating story of a young man who left everything behind him to spend four years walking, cycling and skateboarding his way through Africa, from Morocco to Cape Town. 

On his journey, Zolati saw that the continent, which he was told is filled with crime, disease and despair, was vivid, varied, alive, and full of beauty and surprises.

“From the first day Othmane showed me some of the 200 hundreds hours of beautiful footage he had filmed during his journey, making Africa & I has been intense labour of love for the entire Both Worlds team and co-director Chris Green, who helped Othmane shape and tell his amazing story,” said the documentary’s producer Thierry Cassuto.

Africa and I is available to watch in South Africa on Showmax



Founded by Hollywood veterans Danny Glover, Ja’Net DuBois and Ayuko Babu, the Pan African Film Festival is known for showcasing an extensive array of Back creative films from across the globe.

Of his Pan African Film Festival award, Othmane Zolati says his “African dream” has finally become a reality. 

“A truly glorious moment for me and my team. This accomplishment will be a lifelong motivation enabling me to fulfill my future achievements.”

“This is my very award in the film industry, for which I, personally am so grateful. Being here today and after all that I have been through, is quite emotional for me. 

“Reminiscing on how I started from scratch, as a 20-year-old boy from El Jadida, Morocco with a mere $80 in his pocket hoping to have his dream come true, 7 years later, sitting here today with an award under my belt, is a motivation to keep me to continue.”

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The Pan African Film Festival’s general manager, Asantewe Olatunji, said the 2022 Pan African Film Festival’s roster reflects the times we are in. 

“Of course, several of the PAFF 2022 films focus on our well-known and sometimes obscure sheroes and heroes whose stories told by their own people give a new perspective of history and view of our world,” added Olatunji.