How It Went Down At The Commencement Of The 12th Edition Of Amakula Film Festival

The Amakula Film Festival started off in high gear yesterday at the Uganda museum and those in attendance during day got a chance to watch some documentaries and feature films.


After registration, attendees entered the exhibition hall for the first documentary directed by Abul Ajak titled Play For Peace that ran for 37 minutes. This documentary follows a group of South Sudanese youth who kive in Uganda and left their home country because of the civil war. While in Uganda, they use Basket ball to move past issues that come along of being immigrants and refugees. This therefore explores the subject of strength, unity, teamwork and leadership.

Next up viewers were treated to another documentary entitled “The Fire, A Fowl and An (UN) Forgotten Past”directed by Jurgen Ellinghaus from Germany and it’s synopsis posits from 1884-1914, a small belt of land between the British Gold Coast colony and French governed ‘dahmey was part of the German overseas empire. “Togoland” 100 years later: fragments of a colonial legacy….” and this ran for only 12 minutes.


SOUFISM (Sufism in English can be defined as “Islamic mysticism the inward dimension of Islam or “the phenomenon of mysticism within Islam is mysticism in Islam characterized by particular values, ritual practices, doctrines and institutions which began very early in Islamic history and represents “the main manifestation and the most important and central crystallization of” mystical practice in Islam. Practitioners of Sufism have been referred to as “Sufis”

Mysticism in this case is the belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.

So this particular documentary is directed by Younes Ben Hajria from Tunisia.From Wool to Wool, from body dance to machine dance. The happening in one day of two actors who challenges to perform dramatic life acting.

Blue Mirror made way for Citizens Offline and unfortunately we did not get a chance to watch Chilli On Th lips because Uganda Media council failed to issue us a licence playing the trump card of “it’s under review”


Our first feature film was Kony (Order from Above) that sees two war children (Otti and Aguti) falling in love during the tumultuous Northern Uganda Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency, but are separated when Otti is abducted at the age of 11.

By 8:00Pm we were ready for our first drive-in cinema movie and Veronica’s Wish was the first followed by Five Fingers For Marseilles.

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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.

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