This documentary film will be a collaboration between the Amuru District community in Northern Uganda, the non-profit Solidarity Uganda, and filmmakers. Amuru District has fallen victim to a 100,000 acre land grab, affecting thousands of agrarian families. In recent years, large companies have sought to obtain this land through violent means, violating national and international law and leaving many Amuru residents hungry, homeless, and sometimes dead. Madhvani Sugarcane Corporation as well as some international oil companies also have interest in the fertile land and have sought to obtain it through coercion via governmental assistance. We are exploring this conflict by working with the community in Amuru District to obtain stories of those affected on both sides of the conflict. This film will be created using a participatory approach, allowing local residents to film, edit, and contribute in ways they believe are important for their struggle.
- Who is Solidarity Uganda?
A tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to empower communities with alternative transformational educational experiences useful for cultivating holistic peace and justice throughout Uganda. Their local staff members and volunteers in rural Amuru have provided their community with non-violent protest training and human rights monitoring technology in an effort to provide a way to address the land conflict. To find out more about this organization, please visit their website.
- Why Amuru District?
Illegal and violent land grabbing is common everywhere in Uganda, and the government and its corporate affiliates are the top offenders. But Amuru District, where the Acholi have relied on subsistence farming for hundreds of years, has arguably suffered the most. Solidarity Uganda staff members have reported over 40 illegal arrests, the killing of over 500 livestock by Ugandan military, the arson of more than 1000 homes, multiple forced evictions of hundreds of residents, and at least 4 land-related human casualties in the past few years. Despite the statistics, local residents believe their land is part of their identity and refuse to leave it at all costs. Various agencies have partnered with the local Solidarity Uganda network to form the Amuru Community Land Protection Initiative, a nonviolent campaign to prevent the land thefts and protect human rights, making it the perfect site to explore and chronicle the exponential potential of nonviolent social change in Africa.
How will the film be distributed?
We first step will be to submit the film to social justice festivals and give it to those of our supporters who qualify through the perks listed on your right. We will screen the film in targeted communities throughout North America and East Africa as long as those screenings coincide with the rights and permissions of any film festivals to which Our Feet Are Rooted is accepted.
What We Need:
We will use the funds we receive for the campaign to:
- Purchase and rent film equipment
- Compensate the crew
- Pay for color correction, audio mixing, and other post-production editing costs
- Submit the film to film festivals, and provide other screenings to spread the word on the issue of land conflict and nonviolent action approaches to problem-solving
- Pay for travel expenses
Your donation helps us accomplish the following goals of this film:
- Expose the national and international actors behind these hidden atrocities in Northern Uganda, and encourage reparations for their wrongdoing
- Provide East Africa (and the rest of the world) with an inspiring film resource on the practical benefits of effective nonviolent action, especially as it relates to the environment
- Share the story of the Amuru land conflict with the world to enhance the capacity (advocacy, volunteer pool, funding, etc.) of those doing the difficult work on the ground
Other Ways You Can Help:
Your contribution goes a long way, but there is still more you can do beyond your donation:
- Use the Indiegogo share tools found on this page to help us hype our project (THOSE WHO SHARE OUR CAMPAIGN ON FACEBOOK WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A FREE UGANDAN BRACELET)*
- Organize a dinner or other event at your school, church, community center, etc. to help promote this project. Contact us for help with this!
- Make in-kind donations of (new or used) laptops, cameras, camcorders, and mobile phones to Solidarity Uganda's US office at 1937 Smith Station Rd, Hanover, PA 17331 USA.
- Contact us with all of your thoughts, questions, and suggestions!
- If you are a Ugandan interested in joining this movement or contributing financially, contact us directly using the link below, due to security measures.
Questions? Suggestions? Comments? Contact us or email info[at]solidarityuganda[dot]com!
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