MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe
THE Kitwe Little Theatre was brought to life last Saturday when it hosted the third edition of the Sotambe Film and Arts Festival Awards at which â€˜Timetableâ€™ won the Best Short Film Award with â€˜Mufayaâ€™ getting the Best Feature Film Award.
The Sotambe Film and Arts Festival, an annual event that seeks to raise awareness on social issues through documentary and movie screenings, also awarded â€˜From Tragedy to Hopeâ€™ the Best Documentary Award with the Best Singer and Best Poetry awards going to Wendy Mvula and Luwa Mzumara respectively.
Sotambe director Martina Mwanza told Weekend Mail in an interview that the festival is slowly gaining in popularity.
Meanwhile, Vilole Images Productions (VIP) is today hosting a workshop on â€œraising awareness through film, addressing and preventing discrimination and gender-based violence against women and girls with disabilitiesâ€ at Premier Centre in Lusakaâ€™s Olympia Park.
VIP, founded in 2003, is dedicated to the use of film as a tool for human rights and advocacy, edutainment and communication.
The organisation champions advocacy bordering on respect for human dignity with regard to artistes, women and girls with disabilitiesâ€™ rights. It is also committed to pursuing a focused vision of contributing to changing lives and bringing hope to the helpless.
Through its project â€œWomen and Girls with Disability Rights Zambiaâ€, formerly called Pachibwanse (womenâ€™s meeting place), VIP has produced a documentary film and a number of short films.
The film projects address issues to do with women with disabilities. The films will be used as tools during the workshops and community screenings scheduled for Lusaka, Kabwe, Ndola, Serenje, Kasama, Isoka and Livingstone.
â€œThe purpose of the workshops, community screenings, conference and sensitisation meetings scheduled for between September and December 2016 is to engage women and girls with disabilities, their friends and families, community leaders, religious leaders, NGOs and the media in discussions on GBV [gender-based violence] and discrimination in relation to disability,â€ according to a statement signed by executive director Musola Kaseketi.
MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe