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‘B’ella’ gets nod to screen in Uganda

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One of the country’s movies B’ella which was produced by Dikamawoko Arts in conjunction with BoNGO Worldwide has received another call to screen at the Amakula Film Festival in Uganda this month.

The development comes barely a week after the movie also got selected to screen at the Afrika Film Festival in Belgium this month.

“Your film B’ella has been selected to screen at Amakula Film Festival in Uganda. Kindly provide online link which we can download and screen,” said the festival’s Artist Coordinator Tweny Benjamin.

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The festival according to Allafrica.com returns to the fold after three years in the wilderness.

Dikamawoko Arts Director Tawonga Nkhonjera said they are happy that the movie continues to attract the attention of festivals despite being produced some time back.

Nkhonjera said only films completed after 2013 will be accepted to screen at the festival but B’ella qualifies because it is a film that has specific target group in society, in this case, the youth and that it addresses particular human rights issues.

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He also said that the film qualifies for the Golden Impala Award competition.

According to him, there will be a special Maisha Screenwriters Award for Ugandan submissions as well as a Student Film Scholarship Award for student submissions.

“Amakula’s objective offers a chance for growth of Malawian cinema, as it looks to contribute to a vibrant local industry by broadening access and developing audiences for quality African Film production,” he said.

He also said that the festival is aimed at inspiring local film makers to produce quality local films based on local stories, and offering a professional networking platform for the film making community in East Africa and beyond.

The festival started in 2004 and will be making its 10th anniversary. It is the oldest independent festival in Uganda.

“We are fully satisfied with the strides B’ella is making on the African cinema scene after screening in US, Europe and Asia. For film to become a culture in Malawi, we have to make lasting statements at festivals, on television and theatres and cinemas across the continent,” said Nkhonjera.

Set in Chazunda, in the outskirts of Blantyre city, B’ella shows the life of B’ella, a 17-year old girl in secondary school, her family attachments, social associations and her school life.

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