Play for Peace – Uganda


  • Date: Friday – 15th March 2019
  • Time: 14:20
  • Venue: Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall
  • Run Time: 37 minutes 3 seconds
  • Director: Abul Ajak

Play for Peace follows a group of South Sudanese youth in Uganda who use basketball to move past the issues that come along with the experience being immigrants and refugees.

Since 2013, a millions of South Sudanese escaped to Uganda and Kenya as South Sudan broke into a tribal conflict. Uganda has the largest number of South Sudanese refugees in the world, who still carry the scars and trauma that these wars have had on the young nation.

In Uganda, many youth struggle to settle into their new environment while holding on to memories of a home lost to them. They carry scars of decades of conflicts and experiences of tribalism which is meant to create a rift amongst the youth. These youth, however, are very noticeable for their dark skin and their incredible height, which opens doors for them in basketball. They discover that their height puts them at an advantage in the sports, which in turns opens a lot more opportunities for them.

The sport becomes hope, unity, opportunity and a chance to combat illiteracy and sexism for many of the youth in the country. Basketball becomes an expression of talent and a movement towards uniting South Sudanese youth in Uganda, fighting tribalism, sexism and illiteracy and opportunity for education and socialisation. Because of these noticeable benefits, a group of South Sudanese youth create South Sudan Basketball Uganda and curate an annual Play for Peace tournament to expose various youth to the sports.

The Play for Peace Documentary therefore express the resolutions that South Sudanese youth in Uganda feel are necessary for them to move past their problems both in Uganda and the issues they experience in South Sudan. It is an expression of basketball as strength, unity, teamwork and leadership.

Play for Peace

The Amakula International Film Festival is presented by
Bayimba Cultural Foundation in partnership with The DOEN Foundation, Africalia, Kampala Film School and the Uganda Museum.