20 November 2012

Uganda: Amakula Returns With Amazing Ugandan Works

This year's Amakula Kampala Cinema Caravan festival, opens tomorrow (Thursday) at the National Theatre.

According to a release from the festival organisers, the 5:30pm Uganda Focus segment on Day One of the three-day film event has seven short films to be shown.

From the director of State Research Bureau, Matt Bish, comes Cut That Thing, which highlights female genital mutilation, and Solomon W. Jagwe's Galiwango: Obulamu Bw'ekisodde, an animation film about the plight of the last remaining 786 mountain gorillas and the impact of deforestation.

This segment will also fearture Irene Nduta's She is My Son, a five-minute film about 19-year-old Fauzia Nsedete, born with both female and male sexual organs and the challenges that come with the unusual state.

Other films are The Source (Ali Musoke and Simon Wood), Guno Mukwano by gospel outfit First Love's Sharpe Sewali, Kyosiga's Dream by Robert Nkambo, and Lost Boy by Andrew Cara.

The second segment of the Uganda Focus will open with Selimani Wangera's Adversaries at 7pm. The 12-minute short film rewinds the clock to the 1979 war that ousted Idi Amin.

Adversaries will be followed by Joseph S. Ken's Akataka: That Small Piece, a 90-minutes clip about a young village couple caught in the middle of land wrangles and witchcraft, but through forgiveness and a pregnancy brings together the rivalling families.

This film showed at the 2012 Rotterdam International Film Festival. On the festival's third day on Saturday, two documentaries from Dilman Dila will show at 10am. The Sound of One Leg Dancing (30 minutes) is about a one-legged 17-year-old girl who in a desperate search for happiness walks from poverty into a surreal TV stage to compete in a glamorous dance programme.

It will be followed by Untouchable Love, in which the director documents the forbidden love between girls and boys who belong to a different social realm according to Nepal's strict caste system.

Simon Bird's Karamoja City Warriors, a 30-minute segment is an animated and real life documentary that addresses the issues of child trafficking and the Karimojong women begging on Kampala's streets. The film is combined with a 15-minute animated story created by street children from Kisenyi slum.

Also showing is Abaho Ab'amaani's In the Season of Raw Mangoes (63 minutes). Five of the movies making it to Amakula this year are contenders for the 8th Golden Impala awards for Best East African Short and Feature Movies.

They include Adversaries, The Sound of One Leg Dancing, Galiwango, Akataka: That Small Piece and In The Season of Raw Mangoes. This year, the festival's theme is Safeguarding Independence to mark Uganda's golden jubilee.

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