Ubuntu Village film project inspires connection and understanding


The Ubuntu Village project is a film driven initiative which began as a festival at Colorado State University (CSU) in 2011. Created by graduate Namuyaba Temanju, the project aims to connect people and create awareness around social issues by sharing with them stories which encompass the African philosophy of Ubuntu.

According to collegian.com Mcebisi Mkhwanazi, a 2014 CSU alumni says, “Ubuntu is a value appreciated by most people, but it is of special importance in Africa because in the midst of the continent’s challenges, the spirit of Ubuntu has survived, and people who have visited Africa will attest to the warmth and generosity of the African people.”

Temanju wants to expand the projects viewership to those who can relate to the issues addressed in the films and adds, “If you don’t have one specific target then it’s hard to find help, whereas if you show the films to the community that does need help, they can connect and identify with the issues in the film, then reach out for help.”

One of the project’s initiatives, “Grandmother to Grandmother”, connected grandmothers in the US to those in Tanzania, which allowed the two groups to share their experiences.

Temanju says, “I’m never satisfied with just existing, I’m always concerned about making some kind of positive change. I also like to broaden my horizons by asking myself ‘What things are happening at certain places that I don’t understand?’”
CSU faculty member Ivan Loy says, “The spirit of the Ubuntu Village project is to encourage each of us to make a difference in this world in any way we can. If we can shine a bit of light on someone’s path or ease their burden just a bit, the world will be a better place for all.”

Visit the Ubuntu Village project website for more information.

Source: Screen Africa  1st October 2014