Amakula Kampala Film Festival focuses on globalization and migration

May 2007 -

Travels, Transit is the theme of the fourth edition of the Amakula Kampala International Film Festival, which runs at Uganda National Theatre and in thirty video halls around Kampala May 3-13, 2007. Films from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Mozambique, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea will compete for the third Golden Impala Award for the Best Eastern African Short Film. The theme of the festival, says festival co-director Alice Smits, "speaks to contemporary realities of globalization and migration with all its experiences. With many of the African filmmakers living in the Diaspora, their films often deal with a return to their homeland."

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The annual East African Film Congress, that brings together East Africans to discuss contemporary issues in the region's film sector over three days of presentations, lectures and debates, will be held for the fourth time. Also taking place for the second time will be a twelve-day East African Film Critic's workshop. A three-day theoretical approach to writing on film by Mbye Cham of Howard University, USA, will be followed by nine days of practical writing and discussions on festival programmes led by the present author.

Another seminar will bring together African filmmakers to reflect on issues such as the language of African cinema, storytelling, the responsibility of the filmmaker and the invention of modernity.

Amakula Kampala is funded by Hivos and Stichting Doen with additional support from Africalia and the Commonwealth Foundation.