As the Uganda film industry is still struggling to reach the heights, Ugandan actors and actresses based in European countries are holding the flag at its Apex.
The latest we have indicate that KYENVU from the writer and actor Kemiyondo Coutinho won its self the first ever award ‘Best Shot’ in the just concluded Pan African Film Festival that happened last night in Los Angeles.
KYENVU which was written and acted by Kemiyondo Coutinho takes us on a journey fueled with risk, driven by the desperation for change with an impending tragedy as our destination, simply because of a wardrobe choice.
Kemiyondo Coutinho is a Ugandan playwright, actress and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She started a music platform titled A Ka Dope aimed at giving new Uganda artists an audience. She was featured on CNN’s African Voices for her influential work in the arts. She wrote her first woman play “Jabulile!” in 2008 and went on to take the play to Grahamstown National Festival in South Africa. She later got a scholarship to Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA where she continued to pursue her writing.
The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation in Los Angeles, California, that states its goal to promote “cultural understanding among people of African descent” through exhibiting art and film. It hosts a film festival and an arts festival in Los Angeles in February of each year.