Our Films/Filamu Zetu/Ein Ffilmiau
Watch-Africa CIC is proud to partner with Docubox - An East African Documentary Film Fund, whose mission is to enable talented, driven, and focused East African filmmakers, with important and unique stories to tell, to produce high impact independent documentary films that unearth new realities about worlds, identities, and people for audiences in East Africa and around the world. The partnership is to conduct an immersive and inclusive project that involves talented independent filmmakers in a pilot project in both regions of East Africa and Wales through masterclasses, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and film screenings.
We have curated short films and feature-length films, in the documentary, hybrid and fiction genres from both regions. These screenings will be conducted in Kenya, Zanzibar and Wales. Prior to the screenings, we will organize and curate masterclasses in order to provide opportunities to engage the guest filmmakers with the local filmmakers in each of the respective regions. These will be fantastic cultural learning and exchange sessions through film.
In May, the program begins with a hybrid masterclass event in where Kenyan filmmakers will meet filmmaking participants and conduct an online presentation that the Welsh filmmakers and Welsh Filmmaker participants will tune in to.
In June, we have our eyes set on the Zanzibar International Film Festival where we will host our Kenyan and Welsh filmmakers at a Masterclass and film screening, (followed by an interactive Q&A session) around their films. This Masterclass will be open to the public drawing local Zanzibari filmmakers and visiting filmmakers drawn to the festival.
In July we head to Wales, where subsequently, the same activities, masterclasses and screenings will also take place, and also we will host a session on how the film sector is developing across the continent with a focus on Docubox’s impact in East Africa.
We have identified four brilliant films that we will work with for this project from talented and diverse filmmakers from Kenya and Wales.
These films are:
If Objects Could Speak directed by Saitabao Kaiyare & Elena Schilling (KENYA/GERMANY)
Lusala by Mugambi Nthiga (KENYA)
Portrait of Kaye by Ben Reed (WALES)
Druids by Shwan Nostrapur from Wales (WALES)