Our ConnectHER Fellows program identifies past ConnectHER filmmakers and helps develop those young leaders to teach filmmaking to youth in their communities.
Lives in: Uganda
I admire fictions that relate to human life.
I first heard about ConnectHer in 2013 through my teacher who encouraged me to make a film and submit it.
I felt so good because it was my first time submitting a film to a film festival fully made by me, though it also made me nervous that I kept on asking whether I will win an award for it or not.
"Jackie's letter" was a film made from the true story of Jackie Owomugisha, a female advocate for young people who lived with HIV/AIDS. It aimed at embracing and reinstating hope among HIV Positive people and encouraging them to fight self-stigma as they still chase their future dreams.
I love sharing what I know, and the fellowship was a great platform for me to make this dream come to life.
Photography and filmmaking basics, kinds of films and photos, parts of the camera, camera handling, camera settings using DSLR cameras, camera angles, short sizes and movements, video editing and film development processes.
These fellowships have helped me grow into a very brilliant and confident teacher of photography and filmmaking, thus improving my skills. I have been able to realize that we can do a lot with these skills, especially when communicating with different groups of people. I also realized that this is a soft skill that young people can grasp and grow with.
Yes. You are not sure of what the participants expect from you or what their main goals are but again you have to fit in. There are also challenges such as differences in levels of education, some learners having an idea while others don't, knowledge of using a computer, and some learners who have an interest but don't know English.
What do you think is the impact of the Fellowship workshops?
These workshops are indeed impactful to a larger extent. They help open up young people's attitudes towards their potential in doing things that they feared. They add a purpose to their lives, proving that they are not people with zero skills. To some young people, these workshops have made them realize a new dream to chase and they end up joining media schools to become experts in this very field.