The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Film Festival Takes Human Rights to Bibanda

Film festivals are known to be glamorous. They take place in big, expensive venues only accessible to our city's elites.

Their opening and closing ceremonies are the most pompous, featuring plenty of socialites and Champagne. But organizers of Manya Human Rights International Film festival (MHRIFF), an annual film event organised to promote human rights, chose a different path. And it was, again, evident as their third edition kicked off on Monday.

Themed Social Responsibility Towards Human Rights Abuse, this year's six-day MHRIFF will traverse over 40 city-based video shacks, popularly known as bibanda where a total of 82 human rights-themed films from across the globe will be screened. Seventeen of the movies are Ugandan.

The festival, whose official opening ceremony takes place today at the National Theatre, will also feature workshops, trainings and debates about the current state of human rights in Uganda. To emphasize authenticity, all the movies have been translated into Luganda, a language well-known to bibanda diehards, who are usually the city's not-so-affluent dwellers.

One of the listed movies to screen is award-winning Canadian feature-documentary, United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop, a story about how rap music can influence African politics. The movie also puts into context neocolonialism, something Ugandan audiences will intimately relate to.

Access to the festival is free of charge. More information can be got from Manya Cultural Foundation offices, located on Communications House in the city. Today's opening ceremony kicks off at 5pm. See you there.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 The Observer. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.