The Amakula Film festival is Jinja for the last time today.Come and watch some great films,brilliant performances and lots of fun activities for both the young and old like film training workshops by Matt Bish in Jinja.The primary screening venue for Jinja is Space Cafe and the Nightly Outdoor screenings will be at Main Street primary School.
|10AM||Uganda Focus at Space Cafe Jinja||Ugandan filmmaker Dilman Dila observes Nepal in these
two thoughtful documentaries.
|Dilman Dila, The Sound of One Leg Dancing|
(Uganda/Nepal, 2011, 30’)**
|In a desperate search for happiness, a one-legged 17-yearold
girl from a very poor home walks into a surreal TV stage
to compete in a glamorous dance program.
|Dilman Dila, Untouchable Love|
(Uganda/Nepal, 2011, 88’)
|Here the director documents the forbidden love between
girls and boys who belong to a different social realm according to Nepal’s strict caste system.
|Angelo Arakaza, Easy Call (Burundi, 2010, 9’)||A young woman’s foray into prostitution brings shocking
consequences to her family
|12PM||Focus on the Region: South-Sudan Charlotte Smith and Mai Rasmussen, A Life as Jimmy (South-Sudan/Denmark, 2011, 27’)||A life as Jimmy is a personal story of one young man who
grew up in Africa’s longest civil war in South-Sudan and now tries to balance family obligations, dreams and identity.
|Sidi Moctar Khaba & Frederique Cifuentes,South Sudan (UK, 2012, 40’) Work in Progress||South Sudan became the world’s newest country as it
broke away from the north and declared itself the Republic
of South Sudan in July 2011. The dream of independence
became a reality. Now come the challenges of building a
nation from scratch. This video project will show South Sudanese expectations of the new nation and how they intend to contribute to the process of nation-building.
|Albert Elings, Hinterland|
(South-Sudan/The Netherlands, 2011, 75’)
|Twelve years ago Kon Kelei, a former child soldier, arrived
with his cousins in a containership in a Dutch harbour. The filmmaker gave him upon arrival a video camera and for ten years Kon recorded his experiences in both The Netherlands
and South-Sudan which he visits together with the filmmaker. In this period he studies international law and
becomes the spokesperson for War Child.
Jorn Donner, Who Owns Africa? (Finland, 2011, 42’)
|The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk
3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. As they walk they gather a ragamuffin team of broken and brilliant
characters who help them negotiate a way through a series of glorious, dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations.
Ilse and Femke van Velzen, Justice for Sale (NL, 84’)
|Justice for Sale follows Claudine, a young and courageous human rights lawyer, in her struggle against injustice and
widespread impunity in Congo. She investigates the case of Masamba, a soldier who was convicted of rape, and discovers that his trial was corrupt and unfair.
Steve James, The Interupters (USA, 2011, 125’)
|In this film three Violence Interrupters try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.
Shot over the course of a year the film’s main subjects work
for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which believes
that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected.
Robinson Njenga, Kenji (Kenya, 2011, 13’)
|On the beauty of an African plain, love struggles to find its
way against the perils of the past.
|Upendo Hero, Twende Berlin (Kenya, 2011, 80’)***||A documentary about urban spaces and the power of public art for the development of a new global urban culture as told through the eyes of a troupe of Kenyan Hip Hop artists exploring the streets of Berlin.|
Ali Musoke & Simon Wood, The Source (Uganda, 2011, 5’)
|A short narrative film about the power of River Nile as expressed through the words of a native of its source.
Sharpe Sewali, Guno Mukwano (Uganda, 2011, 3’)
A femme fatale metes out torture on her henpecked husband all in the name of love.
|Irene Nduta Kimuli, She is My Son (Uganda, 2011, 5’)||19-year-old Nsndete Fauzia who was born with both female and male genital forms, may have developed a thick skin towards the local folks’ taunts but his/her parents are rather concerned at the hormonal changes that may come.|
|Matt Bish, Cut that Thing (Uganda, 2012, 14’)||A film about a girl’s determination to find a way of removing “that thing” that her stepmother claims is the cause for being unacceptable to society, yet society forbids it.|
|Robert Nkambo, Kyosiga’s Dream (Uganda, 2012, 18’)||A child wakes up to an arduous morning routine and his parents are sowing the seeds of a looming bad harvest.|
|Andrew Cara, Lost Boy (Uganda, 2012, 20’)||Boy is under pressure from his pregnant girlfriend Liz to get a proper job but gets snagged by his burglar colleague.|
|Solomon Jaggwe, Galiwango (Uganda/USA, 2012, 12’)**||An animation film on the plight of the last remaining 786
mountain gorillas and the impact of desforestation.
|6:30PM||Twilight Performance||Poetry by members of the Nkwanzi troupe|
Goran Ollson, Black Power MixTape 1967-1975
(Sweden, 2011, 100’) at Space Cafe Jinja.
|A huge amount of footage was shot by a group of Swedish
journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the
United States which was intended for Swedish television but
never was used. A powerful digest of this material has been
assembled into a saga of defiance and pride that endures
defeat and destruction.
|Landmarks (6.30 pm in Kampala)|
Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, Why Worry?
(USA, 1923, 60’)
|In this riotous
comedy Harold Lloyd takes on the theme of independence
and revolution with characteristic irreverence. He plays a
hypochondriac who sails to the tropics for his ‘health but
finds himself in the middle of a revolution.
|8PM||Kampala Closing Night National Theatre|
* Golden Impala Award Ceremony
|an international jury
will award the best Eastern African short and feature film
which will be screened.
* Dance with projection performance created for the
festival by Catherine Nakawesa
*Bon Fire celebration with drinks, food, storytelling,
dance and music performances on the Village Green
|8:15PM||Kenya Focus of 4pm and 6pm respectively|
(4pm in Kampala: National Theatre Green Room)
Andrew Kaggia, Wageuzi (Kenya, 2012, 13’)**
|In this groundbreaking 3D Kenyan animation, the race to
2012 heats up as the Wageuzi fight for Power and Glory to
the very end.
|David Tosh Gitonga, Nairobi Half Life|
(Kenya/Germany, 2012, 96’)***
|An aspiring actor leaves his hometown, wide eyed and
ready to take on his dream in the big city. His first impression
of Nairobi walking off the bus is getting robbed before
he steps on city soil. What he does next decides his fate.
This is Tom Tykwer and Ginger Ink’s follow up to Soul Boy.
Akira Kurosawa, The Seven Samurai (Japan, 1954, 207’)
|This is the grand masterwork of beloved filmmaker Akira
Kurosawa that remains the favourite film of all time for many
cinephiles. A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times,
answers a village’s request for protection from bandits. He
gathers six other samurai to help him, and they teach the
townspeople how to defend themselves in what will become
a giant battle when forty bandits attack the village.
|10:15PM||Focus on the region / Contemporary Cinema|
(6pm in Kampala: National Theatre Green Room)
Dan Moss, Bye Bye Mzungu (Uganda, 2012, 7’)
|This short comedy about money, sex, race and power in
Kampala concerns a bitter middle-aged white man who has
been in Africa six months too long.
|Sadik Ahmed, The Last Thakur (Bangladesh, 2009, 80’)||In a remote village of Bangladesh, Independence day
celebrations are beginning as a mysterious man arrives and
soon finds himself caught up in the midst of a feuding community
for whom independence is a question to be settled.