Ugandan Filmmakers Take Art to People

F2FA February 10, 2015


In Uganda, artists and filmmakers are trying something new: putting their works on display in a local electronic store for public consumption.

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In Kampala (pictured), Uganda’s capital and largest city, 27 films that include dance, poetry, and documentaries are being shown at Modern Electronics — amid televisions and appliances — in order to bring local art to the public.

Filmmaker Chris Kayonga told the BBC, “This sort of platform is attractive for a filmmaker like myself to put our work out there and get a reaction — positive or negative — from a wide spectrum of the Ugandan society.”

And so far, the store owner is also enjoying the unique offerings the artists are providing. Of his experience, shop owner Nizar Nathani explains, “[Displaying the art] is something different. The common people cannot go to the theatres, so they [the artists] are presenting this in a public place, which is a very nice project.”

And the people are indeed watching.

One female passerby remarked, “Me, I would encourage my friends who are sitting at home who are doing nothing to come, move around, and see what is happening in the streets.”

Watch a video on the art being displayed here:


Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: February 10, 2015


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