August News Letter

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August News Letter



Dear Docuboxers,





This moths newsletter is late hitting your inboxes, but we at Docubox have been busy little bees this month.
We’ve all been super energized by having Beadie Finzi,  Nicole van Schiek and Isabel Shapiro in town for a whirlwind of a week. We had intense face-to-face progress meetings with our Good Pitch Film Teams face to face and via skype and celebrated how far all the films have come from March.Beadie led a session about The Power of Impact for captains of industry, and we held an intimate screening of Invisible City with Director Lieven Couthouts at the Tribe Hotel where we met and shared the power of film with potential partners, filmmakers and friends. Check out the event photos here!



We are honoured to announce that Roger Ross Williams has graciously accepted to join our Advisory board. As Docubox we were drawn to his commitment to mentoring filmmakers from under represented communities and the developing world – including some of our own grantees.

The first film that Roger Ross Williams directed and produced was Music by Prudence, which won the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject; he is the first African American director to win an Academy Award. Williams next directed the feature documentary God Loves Uganda. His new film Life Animated won the Sundance US Directing award.

He joins our highly accomplished DOCUBOX Advisory Board Members Caroline Mbindyo (Film Producer), Vata Nganda, Anjali Nayar, David Maingi and John Akomfrah.



Good Pitch Kenya.

For anyone still wondering, Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policy makers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.

Our Good Pitch Team was joined by a new  Outreach Lead Aida Mbowa whose years of experience in curating events and connecting artists to partners with Maisha FIlms in Kampala is just what we need to propel the Good Pitch Kenya another step forward.

If you or your organization would like to partner with or support one of the 6 excellent Good Pitch films such as Jackie Lebo’s Turkana Race for Resources that our header picture is taken from, please have a look at the films here and reach out to Aida on

This July the #DocuboxPresents film was The Ambassador.This darkly comic, genre-bending piece of gonzo journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger (filmmaker of Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Red Chapel) rips the corroded lid off the global scheme of political corruption and exploitation happening in one of the most dangerous places on the planet: the Central African Republic.  Armed with a phalanx of hidden cameras, black-market diplomatic credentials and a bleeding-edge wit, Brügger transforms himself into an outlandish caricature of a European-African consul.

The screening was a rousing success and the after screening panel discussion was led by Docubox’s own Peter Mudamba as well as our guest panelist John ‘KJ’ Kiarie who is a founding member of Kenya’s first political satire TV show Redykyulass that made fun of then President Daniel Arap Moi and his regime paving the way for social change in Kenya’s political landscape. Here are pictures of the screening and the panel discussion after.


The Film4Climate Global Video Competition invites filmmakers between the ages of 14-35 years old from all over the world to showcase their talents and create a Public Service Advertisement (PSA) (less than 1 min) or a Short Film (1-5 minutes) about climate action.

The videos should show a personal climate change narrative.The submissions should emphasize what people around the world are doing to promote action, offer new solutions, and inspire change. Climate Action is the 13th goal under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), though it is widely acknowledge interlink with the other SDGs. In the description of the video please explain how the climate message connects with the other SDGs.

The deadline is the 15th of September and The winning entries will receive cash prizes of $8,000, $5,000, and $2,000 for first, second and third place in each of two categories. For more information on the competition and submission guidelines please see the competition website here. Spread the word using  #Film4Climate.

Our #DocuboxPresents screenings of He Named Me Malala in partnership with Akili Dada have come to a close. This amazing inspiring documentary follows the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai chronicling her fight for the rights of girls in her native Pakistan that led her to targeted and shot by the Taliban.

The film has been shown to 16,100 students around the country, in a screening experience has been inspiring and educative and not just for the students. These screenings were made possible grants from Global Giving and we are glad that we could be a part of their campaign in Kenya.

Malala’s visit to Kenya to celebrate her birthday and highlight the importance of education for girls in the country. We were honoured to be able to listen to her speak while she was here, and we shared this video

Docubox would like to thank Akili Dada our partners in this endeavor, the schools that allowed us to share this remarkable film, the students who sat through the film and shared their amazing stories with us, Global Giving for making these screenings possible and finally Malala Yousafzai for being a role model and beacon for change in the world.

This August #DocuboxPresents is proud to bring you SEMBENE!

In 1952, Ousmane Sembéne, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE!, a feature-length HD documentary, tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema,” the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans.

SEMBENE! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, becoming a hero to millions. After a startling fall from grace, can Sembéne reinvent himself once more? Watch the trailer here.

The screening will be at PAWA 254’s Mageuzi Theater on Wednesday 31st at 6.30pm. Get your tickets from eventbrite here. See you at the screening!








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