Films 4 Equality, Advocacy & Empowerment in Uganda

The BLACK GLOVE Anthology of Films for Gender Equality, Advocacy and Empowerment, is currently employing up to 80 filmmakers in  Uganda, with the goal to benefit 100 artists by 2022. The production is produced by SEBAMALA ARTS LTD. SEBAMALA ARTS LTD is a digital and performance Arts nonprofit which develops equality and advocacy programming, social change film/television, critical theatre productions and social justice documentaries. We collaborate with multidisciplinary performance artists around the world, to create, develop, produce and direct stories for empowerment, to challenge single story narrative about Africa & change negative stereotypes about marginalized communities.

This film production is running simultaneously with Sebamala Art's annual Women+Youth Film Apprenticeship Program which offers digital training for young aspiring filmmakers, women and girls who face violence and abuse and youth from marginalized communities. The beneficiaries are Ugandan filmmakers who been affected by severe economic depression during the pandemic,  women and girls who are underrepresented in the film industry which is predominantly run by men, and unemployed youth who make up 77% of Uganda's population, one of the youngest nations in the world.

We need your support to sustain the production of our first Feature film on the anthology, BLACK GLOVE. The anthology is made up of three films which have the capacity to annually employ 100 artists each year for the next five years. Part of the goal is to increase industry payments for filmmakers in Uganda at a minimum of $1,000 (UGX 3,500,000) per project in individual artist fees. Increasing industry payments means filmmakers can afford better standard of living in our fight to ending poverty, women filmmakers shall have job training and better pay that can sustain them in the fast growing economy and these annual productions will offer a creative solution to unemployment among youth in Uganda. 
Our production cast and crew comprises of over 60% women, as part of SEBAMALA ARTS LTD's goal to increase representation for women filmmakers in Uganda. The stories we explore in our productions discuss empowerment, gender equality and advocate for protection of women and girls against Gender Based Violence in the community and work place. By creating high quality productions coming out of Uganda and East Africa, SEBAMALA ARTS is able to challenge the negative stereotypes about Africa, empower Black/African Filmmakers while addressing real social justice issues that empower all marginalized communities. 

Created, Written and Produced by Douglas Dubois Sebamala, the Founding Creative Director at SEBAMALA ARTS LTD, the first film BLACK GLOVE is a fashion noir set against the backdrop of Uganda's tourism gems. 

View the rough cut of the BLACK GLOVE TEASER HERE 

Your support for The BLACK GLOVE Anthology of Films for Gender Equality, Advocacy and Empowerment will:
1. Support payment for 80 filmmakers as par of economic recovery after the pandemic.
2. Subsidize our cost of production by supporting feeding, transportation and access to heritage sites and film locations.
3. Give Ugandan filmmakers the capacity to self advocate for better pay on film productions, making the industry more competitive.
4. Enable our young nonprofit start up to create the infrastructure to develop films annually with job creation
5. Equip our Women+Youth Film Apprenticeship program with capacity building, operational and skills training support to empower marginalized communities in Uganda.
Images from workshops and gender conversations between filmmakers on the pre-production process of Black Glove. Gender and Equal representation for women in the industry is part of the goals achieved through our workshopping and rehearsal process with actors.
Actors go through active and physical rehearsals with the Director, Angella Emurwon (two time BBC Award winner for their Radio Drama Playwriting competition). This physical training also supports protective training and self defense skills for women against physical abuse.  Our production process offers advocacy tools kits for both women and girls, in Uganda where 1 in every 3 women has faced some form of gender based violence.
On top of increasing industry payment for filmmakers, it is important that welfare is given priority on our production set. Your support will give us the capacity to feed Ugandan filmmakers extremely well during the two to three months of production. Improving feeding on set supports mental wellbeing and physical health. The above images lunch and breakfast during the pre-production of BLACK GLOVE and the rehearsal process for our short film, Keycard (2020).

ABOUT BLACK GLOVE
Black Glove follows three friends on Independence Day Vacation at the Revolver Hotel, whose encounter with a beautiful Woman ends up in a criminal investigation. The film is written by Award Winning Creative Writer, Douglas Dubois Sebamala whose work is developed for empowerment of marginalized communities, and Directed by Award winning Playwright/Director, Angella Emurwon. The Fashion Noir film is shot against the backdrop of Uganda's tourism gems including Lake Bunyonyi which is popular for its scenic appearance in Black Panther and Snow capped Mountain Elgon escarpments and its falls in Eastern Uganda.

Our cast comprises of award winning actors with incomparable drive, practice, experience and training. And we want to match their skill and experience with the value that the production is able to pay them. Our crew have worked in international projects such as Disney's Queen of Katwe and Hollywood's popular Last King of Scotland.

Timeline
Pre-production - September 2020 to June 2021
Production - June to August 2021
Post Production - August 2021 to March 2022
Festival Submissions - May to December 2022
Premiere - October 9th 2022 (Uganda's Independence Day Celebrations)

Stills from our 2020 short film, Keycard (Coming soon)
The female Detective and her suspect.
Three Friends at The Revolver Hotel.
How do relationships find equality in a society predisposed to  patriarchal gender roles?

The Cast 

How to Support

Please donate what you can, as often as you can; in sums between the range of $5 to $50. 
$50  - feeds three filmmakers for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a day on the film set.
$100 - pay one filmmaker's daily rate and support our goal to increase industry payments.
$500 - facilitates the cost of permits to shoot at a heritage site or tourism location up-country.
$1,000 - pays 25% of our
$2,000 - pays 50% of the music and sound scoring for the production, including the sound track.
 
Benefits
Everyone who donates will receive:
1. A post card or digital print of the cover art of the film, Black Glove ahead of the Premiere on Oct 9, 2022.
2. Credit with your name appearing in special thanks at the end of the film as appreciation for your support (regardless of amount donated)
3. A special Thank You messages from the production cast and crew
4. Updates on the journey of the film at International Film Festivals.
5. Anyone who supports with up to $500 shall receive a free invite to  a virtual pre-screenings party of the of the film.
6. Donations above $550 come with a free complimentary ticket to the premiere of the film in Kampala Uganda, Washington DC and New York City, USA, Cape Town, South Africa and Bujumbura, Burundi in 2022.
7. $1,000 donors receive extra credit on the film as Sebamala Art's Global  Equality and Rights Ambassadors.

Visit Sebamala Arts website at https://www.sebamalaarts.com/ 



Support BLACK GLOVE, Support Gender Equality through film in Uganda.

Thank you.

Yours Truly,

Douglas DC. Sebamala
Producer, Black Glove Film
Executive Producer, Sebamala Arts
[email redacted]

Organizer

Douglas Dubois Sebamala
Organizer
Washington D.C., DC

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