Archiv der Kategorie: Filme Afrika

Land of Thorns – Struggling for survival in Karamoja


(englisch) – von Steffen Keulig, Marketfilm

Im Februar 2008 war ein RdN Team zu Filmaufnahmen für drei Wochen in Uganda bei den Karamojong. Der Film Land of Thorns wurde von der EU gefördert.

Land of Thorns depicts some turns of life in Karamoja through the portrays of three Karamojan women who have been facing various challenges with great personal strength. With breath-taking images and exclusive scenes, Land of Thorns presents the richness and beauty of traditional pastoralist lives and cultures in the north east of Uganda and bordering Kenya. The film also warns against contemporary threats to the sustainability of pastoral livelihoods. The film gives voice to traditional communities and civil society, highlighting major themes of current relevance.

Cattle Raids and forced disarmament:
The vulnerability of the people of Karamoja is partly related to the outcomes of several decades of armament race among tribes and of increased cattle raiding and armed theft. Several phases of disarmament by the Ugandan military forces across the years 2000 have brought about a fragile and questionable decrease of raiding in recent months. Most often carried out forcefully, the disarmament has also generated a significant amount of alleged human rights violations. Long term consequences are also preoccupying.

Challenges to pastoral livelihoods:
The threats to sustainable pastoralism are manifold, complex and interacting with each other. The film explores and introduces these dimensions, looking further into the vicious circle of food insecurity, over-use of land resources, environmental degradation, socioeconomic marginalization and cultural destabilization. The related questions of demography, land use policies and climate change, and their roles in the vicous circle of unsustainability, are also introduced.
Produced by ACTED und FdN (49 Minuten)

“Conservation Refugees” ist online

Der Film “Conservation Refugees” ist online. Der Film gewann den ‘Special Mention Award’ durch die Jury beim Chicago Short Film Festival , den Award “Special Prize of the Jury” und “Special Prize from the Estonian Ministry of Environment” beim 8en Matsalu Nature Film Festival in Estland ) sowie den “UWIP Award” beim NAIFF Film Festival in der tschechischen Republik.

Conversation Refugees – Expelled from Paradise (englisch) – von Steffen Keulig, Marketfilm

It is no secret that millions of native people around the world have been forced off their homelands to make way for oil, mines, timber, and agriculture. But few people realize that the same thing has happened for a cause which is considered by many as much nobler: land and wildlife conservation. Indigenous peoples evicted from their ancestral homelands, for conservation initiatives, have never been counted; they are not even officially recognised as refugees. The number of people displaced from their traditional homelands is estimated to be close to 20 million. These expelled native peoples have been living sustainable for generations on what can only be reasonably regarded as their ancestral land. (24 Minuten)

Ogiek 08

Für die Ogiek fand eine  Sofort-Hilfsaktion im Februar 2008 statt. Zur dramatischen Situation entstand auch das Video: “Angriff auf die Ogiek”. Die Ogiek brauchen dringend weitere Unterstützung um sich selbst und ihre Heimat, den Mau Wald, zu schützen! Zuletzt waren wir gemeinsam mit fPcN im Dezember 2009 und Januar 2010 vor Ort gewesen.

Achtung das folgende Video enthält evtl. verstörendes Bildmaterial!!!