B-Movies in Zanzibar

I don’t go to movies very often. But when I do, I tend to be very selective of what I want to see. Movie title such as “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” turns me off not only because of its content but also because of its lack of imagination on naming the film. You can read the title and know the plot. Why bother to watch it? But, when I’m on the road shooting pictures, I often visit the local movie houses just to see what they have to offer. So, when I was in Zanzibar many years ago, I went to see a double feature. The movie theater has a tin roof and sometimes you can see the passing stars through the cracks on the tin roof. The movies were American made but I didn’t recognize any of the actors. You could tell the movies were cheaply made and probably were made for foreign consumption only. And if I’m not mistaken, it is what we call “B-Movies” in the US. Well, I don’t remember too much of the movies now. But, if my memory serves me right, I think it was about a bunch of misfits trying to break out of jail. The first movie didn’t last long and neither was the second one. Actually, the second movie stopped abruptly without showing its ending. The lights were turned on and the local people left the movie house peacefully. No one complained about not seeing the ending. I had a feeling that perhaps some of the reels were missing. But what is amazing is that no one raised his voice. No one asked for a refund. And there was no lawsuit against the movie house. I can only speculate that perhaps the wonderful mango lassi or the grilled octopus have made the Zanzibar people the way they are.