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[5 Apr 2017 | Comments Off on Mira Nair and the making of Queen of Katwe | ]
Mira Nair and the making of Queen of Katwe

By Kalungi Kabuye

Before Queen of Katwe, Mira Nair was probably better known as the director of the 1988 film Salaam Bombay, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In Uganda we first knew her for Mississippi Masala (1991), a story of an Indian girl whose family had to leave Uganda because of (their deportation by) then President Idi Amin. It was the first major film in Uganda’s modern history to be filmed in Uganda, and […]

Artist interviews, Featured, Film, Interview, New media, Visual Art »

[14 Dec 2016 | One Comment | ]
Ugandan Artists at the 2016 FNB Joburg Artfair (video)

Video about 3 Ugandan artists, Sanaa Gateja, Sheila Nakitende and Paul Ndema, who showed their works at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2016. Video by Eric Mukalazi.

Artwork critiques, Film, Issue 037 Nov '13 »

[22 Nov 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
Hollywood Blueprints – Nairobi Half Life (2012)

Nairobi Half Life’s (2012) premise encapsulates the city’s nickname ‘Nairoberry’. By attempting to portray Nairobi as a city full of cliché characters: thieves, corrupt policemen, prostitutes and homosexuals, the film fails to inform us of the realities of Nairobi’s inhabitants.

Artwork critiques, Film, Headline, Issue 035 Aug '13, Special analysis, Uncategorized »

[7 Aug 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
The Bad and the Beautiful: Commercial Consequences Vs. Art-house Teleology

And yet, like so many other dictators, not only was Amin a frightening, deeply disturbed man, but he was also effortlessly capable of ineffable charisma and charm. The president clearly enjoyed putting on a show.

Film, Issue 034 Jul '13, Opinions »

[1 Jul 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
When Film Imitates Art

“I thought film was an art. … However, it was not long before I discovered that filmmaking is not an art. It’s an expensive hobby. It’s a business. It’s a science, because it relies on technology. It requires managerial skills, diplomacy in dealing with egos, and communication skills—because it’s a collaboration.” An essay on filmmaking by Ugandan filmmaker Dilman Dila.

Artist interviews, Film, Issue 033 Jun '13, Music, Visual Art »

[30 May 2013 | One Comment | ]
Wazo 10: Xenson tells his story

On April 2nd 2013, the guest speaker for Wazo 10 was conceptual and visual artist, musician, filmmaker and poet, Ssenkaaba Samson, who goes by the name Xenson. In his introduction the moderator, David Kaiza, described Xenson as someone whose varied work in fashion, music, poetry and the visual arts has exponentially expanded what we call art and the art space in Uganda.

Creative techniques, Film, Issue 033 Jun '13 »

[30 May 2013 | Comments Off on On Creativity and Video Art: Refuse the Hollywood Frame | ]
On Creativity and Video Art: Refuse the Hollywood Frame

This article could be used as a manifesto for the artist, or the filmmaker. It’s core objects are to stress the otiose pursuit for top gear equipment in filmmaking, and to reject the academia and long formal educations when it comes to creativity. This text is also a call to all artists out there, no matter the artistic area, to get together and start sharing ideas, discussing projects and team up.

Artwork critiques, Film, Issue 028 Jan '13 »

[2 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Amakula 2012: Gangsterism and Ben Kiwanuka | ]
Amakula 2012: Gangsterism and Ben Kiwanuka

Serubiri Moses reflects on the recent Amakula Festival which showed films as diverse as Nairobi Half Life, Africa United, The Interrupters and Who Killed Me? and told contrasting stories of immigrants, thugs, gangsters, street children, and even a safe house.

Artist interviews, Film, Issue 026 Nov '12 »

[2 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Amakula: A journey of a thousand miles | ]
Amakula: A journey of a thousand miles

Amakula International Film Festival in Uganda has been in existence for the past 8 years. Samuel Lutaaya has interview two industry players with different views about Amakula’s impact. Dilman Dila can not see how Amakula is promoting Ugandan films within Uganda, while the festival manager Nathan Kiwere thinks Amakula has played an instrumental role in building capacity of filmmakers.

Film, Issue 005 Dec '10 »

[15 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
Amakula Congress raises a need for movie industry boost

Proper organizational structures and control mechanisms to ensure clear accountability for resources received. These two aspects are needed if financial institutions shall provide for co-financing of the creative industries in East Africa.