ShunguNaMUtitima, tonga for the Smoke that thunders
The ShunguNamutitima International Film Festival is the first of its kind in Livingstone resort town of Zambia , the festival was founded by Musola , a n iconic film and creativity advocate. Today the festival in its official day 4. The team is versatile , well organized and made up of young ernegetic,creative and hospitable.
Enter , Chief Mukuni of Tonga Leya and his love for art and film . His commitment to the festival . The communities screenings are done at the Mukuni Palace with blessing of the Chief, which reflects the festivals abilities to engage and share with communities around it . Sunday the 23rd of August so a documentary on Mukuni Traditional ceremony bring screened on the Traditional Place, the documentary displayed history , dance , song , seasonal , brews , initiations of the Mukuni chiefdom and its people. In these ceremonies everyone participate with great joy. The raining ceremony and the traditional ceremony are dates /events on their yearly calendar hence record proceedings into documentary films- thus further confirming the role of film and art in the preservation of historical ideologies and cultural anthropology of various communities. Thus telling people and their children their story. The festival hosts film forum , writers workshops , community screenings and other creative /artistic conventions seeking to address the Creative Question through global , regional and societal views- films.
Day 4 the screenings will take place at the PRESBYTERIAN church in central Living stone with following films , Tears of Sorrow/15m-South Africa,Crippled/30m/Namibia,Supersition/120m/Uganda,Lilongwe/88m/Malawi
The theme of this edition of Shungu Namutitima is Dare to Dream!Make a Difference!- the resonates with films in screening and activities supporting the festival. The festival has become a blast furnace of artistic flames , poetry , music , film seminars , forums and community interventions. Kabwe province is seething with film and artistic hangover as we speak during the weekend Shungu launched the Kabwe film festival ,a satellite of Shungu Namutitima – the satellite festival is managed by Mwape Mumbi – veteran arts/ film manager The Shungu team is led by Musola Catherine Kasekete – Founder/Festival Director , Mwape Mumbi- Festival Mananager-Kabwe Festival Chapter, Mulenga Kasongo- Livingstone Festival Chapter , Michael Mwanza- Festival Coordinator and a host of young people that are getting administrative exposure , cultural and artistic experience from the festival . Which further confirms the festival finer approach community development and engagement