• Tanzania Transit
  • Tanzania Transit
  • Tanzania Transit

Tanzania Transit Programme 2019

by Jeroen van Velzen International Documentary Film / Competition

A packed train rolls through Tanzania on a multi-day trip from the capital to the province. In third class, charismatic Massai Isaya has taken his place next to his grandson William, who, to his grandfather’s complete incomprehension, is earning his money in urban show business. A compartment further ahead, we come across the entrepreneurial Kenyan Ruki, who was forcibly married as a young girl and then later left to fend for herself as a single mother. At the front of the train among the wealthier passengers, we encounter the enigmatic voice of priest and former criminal Peter, who, whether asked or not, takes the sorrows of his fellow passengers upon himself. Director Jeroen van Velzen's TANZANIA TRANSIT highlights the fates of various protagonists who, despite having struggled with difficult circumstances in their past, bravely face an uncertain future. A fascinating train journey which reflects the joys, hopes and worries of a whole country.


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Netherlands, 2018
  • Runtime: 75 Min
  • Languages: Swahili, Masai
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: Jeroen van Velzen
  • Cast: Rukia Christine Risper Mghoi Keya, Peter Nyaga, William Mozes Singalai, Isaya Kipoi Torongei
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  • Screenplay: Jeroen van Velzen, Esther Eenstroom
  • Cinematography: Niels van Koevorden
  • Editor: Patrick Minks
  • Sound: Tim van Peppen
  • Music: Christiaan Verbeek
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  • Producer: Digna Sinke
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  • Production Company: SNG Film
  • World Sales: Journeyman Pictures
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