ZIO MWALE, Lusaka
THE fourth edition of the Sotambe Documentary Film and Arts Festival (Sotambe DFAF), which is sponsored by MultiChoice Zambia, will be held in the last week of this month at Kitwe Little Theatre under the theme “The Future Belongs to Us”.
The Sotambe Festival is an annual event held in the month of September with the main aim of educating and raising awareness on social issues through film and arts. Throughout the year, several activities are held in line with the theme of the festival.
These programmes include the International Day of Albinism, filmmaking workshops, art workshop for children, art exhibitions and the more intensive workshops such as the four-day filmmaking boot camp.
The theme for this year’s festival, to be held from September 25 to 30, highlights the involvement of young people in the development of the country, their active participation in decision-making and the interest of youths in current affairs.
“We’re very grateful to MultiChoice for partnering with us, as we share a common goal that is to contribute to the growth of the film industry in Zambia,” says Daniel Mwale, the Sotambe Festival director.
This five-day event will have documentary movie screenings, which will be followed up with panel discussions targeting mainly students from colleges and universities, as well as screenings of locally produced movies that are also followed by discussions with the producers and directors on challenges they faced during the production process.
“It is pleasing to note that we have received more than 30 local submissions this year and so the viewers can expect a lot of action, laughter and serious moments on the screen,” Daniel says. “The detailed festival programme is being drafted.”
Last month, Sotambe held an art workshop for children and a tree planting exercise at various schools last weekend. The Business of Filmmaking in Zambia, which is an entrepreneurship conference at Nkana Golf Club will be held on September 29 while an item dubbed Outdoor Screening: The Best of 2016 is scheduled for Mukuba Mall next weekend.