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The Wakimbizi Film Festival (WFF) is an initiative of the Refugee Law Project (RLP), School of Law, Makerere University.  The festival is a flagship event for the Media for Social Change Programme. The festival provides refugee youth with a platform where they amplify their voices on key issues affecting them.

Wakimbizi film festival recognises visual culture as an important form of communication. The festival uses film as a powerful tool to communicate issues of refugees within the East African region.

WFF was born out of the RLP’s Basic Video Advocacy (BVA) boot camp trainings on Basic Video Advocacy skills conducted with urban refugees in Kampala and in three refugee settlements of Adjumani, Kiryandongo & Lamwo in Northern Uganda. The first WFF festival was held in November 2019 with great feedback and exposure for the refugee film makers

Videos from the 1st Edition of WFF

Caged
Love In the Refugee Settlement
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Silent Victim
Survival
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RLP Congratulates the Winner - WFF 2019

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This poignant film illustrates life in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement where a South Sudanese refugee woman Tabisa Martha is forced into marriage at the age of 15years to a military man. 

BVA Trainees Change Stories

Before the training, I had just finished my S6. I did not have enough money to go back to school. So I joined the training as a way of keeping myself busy. But after the training I got an opportunity at Panyadoli SS to work with the peace clubs. The club wanted to do peace journalism in the school. I offered them some workshops When we started working with the club, I convinced the donor to give the club some equipment. The training has helped me to go back to school. Through the opportunity/ money that I get with the jigs that I get, I joined Proline film Academy where am doing a filming course.
Had it not been because of the training, I would not have gone to film school because they had wanted me to go do a business course. I have gotten exposure, I am a script writer and I have written a script for Smakon films which has been taken on and they are doing rehearsals. The training has given me exposure and I have witnessed how other refugees are living in other settlements in West Nile. I also started a company called Infinite Media.
Alhaji HamedBVA Trainee
I didn’t know about videography by the time of the interview. I was given an opportunity in the second group. This helped me get a job at the YMCA group as a peacemaker. As a peace maker, I was able to meet the ambassador of Norway in Uganda because they fund YWCA. I also got a chance to go to Rhino Camp in Arua to take pictures. This gave the opportunity to sampled some of the skills that I got during the Basic Videography training. In addition, the skills enabled me to write a proposal for theYMCA Arua office.
Catherine LumunuBVA Trainee

Am an advocate, I tweet issues concerning my community. I have created a whatsApp group and a twitter account for Kiryandongo Video Advocates. I engage others to on social media. I have sent comments on NTV and they have been read and now Dr. Chris Dolan knows me. Most of the members now have twitter accounts. I wrote the story of “The network”. The story was inspired by the lack of network in Magamaga cluster H. We miss opportunities due lack of network in the settlement. I have a video on YouTube
Chanwat JamesBVA Trainee