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Beyond Smiles - A Ugandan Experience

My Video scholarship 2010 entry

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 13 June 2010 | Views [1530] | Scholarship Entry

When I went to Uganda, it was to undertake an internship at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation but I also saw the filmic opportunity in this unique travel destination.


Ugandan people had suffered terribly during the times of civil war and I met many orphaned children that affected me with their stories of inhumanity. What inspired me most about these children was their love of life and unwavering faith in the goodness of people, despite what they had experienced. The children were so excited to express themselves creatively that I found teaching them film to be such a rewarding experience.


I dealt with many challenges while shooting the documentary including poor living conditions in the IDP camp, limited resources, and communication issues due to the language barrier. Sourcing interviews was also a challenge in that I was cautious not to overstep any cultural boundaries.

On a personal level, my ambition as a documentary maker is to explore the world, learn about new cultures, and live an active and adventurous lifestyle. But I also want to communicate stories that will:

·         Encourage people to be more open minded and socially conscious

·         Encourage people to protest inhumanity

·         Inspire future humanitarians and documentary makers

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