Last night I attended the last night of the Kampala International Film Festival. I went there by myself but soon made some new friends. I had a great time talking with some young Ugandan musicians and creative artists for a couple hours. Then I was joined by my friends Alex Kirya and Hamza Waiswa. Alex is Maurice Kirya’s older brother also known as Saba Saba and Krazy Native. He’s an accomplished musician too. Fred Mutebi also decided to join us.
We watched two fantastic short films. The winning film was a thought-provoking commentary on the destruction of the environment in Africa and the greed that prevents progress on the continent. The metaphor in the movie was deeply clever. There was a bonfire celebration outside the National Theater to close the film festival. Lots of people gathered around the bonfire to talk and watch the traditional dancers perform. Fred and I talked with one of the festival organizers, Nuwa Wamala-Nnyanzi. He is also a respected visual artist in Uganda who is older than me and Fred. The conversation around the bonfire was deep and philosophical. I really enjoyed being in the presence of people who are visionaries and creative artists to discuss issues that are important to Uganda.
Kampala International Film Festival
I must have caught the attention of my new friend Nuwa Wamala-Nnyanzi during our bonfire conversation because he asked to meet with me today to talk some more. I visited him at his shop to discuss art and politics. I always enjoy listening to the wisdom of my African friends. He also treated me to lunch. We talked for about five hours. I learned a great deal about his life as an artist and I was able to share with him my efforts on behalf of Fred Mutebi and Let Art Talk. It was a very enlightening experience.
I’ve become an expert on the fine art of the bucket bath. I’m looking forward to my nightly cold-water cleansing and getting some rest. The first week has been great. I have three more weeks to go. I’m looking forward to the wonderful things that will happen.
There is a downside to my experiences here though. I miss my wife. Stephanie has been my greatest supporter and encouragement. Thank you Pooter. I love you!
Blessed by Africa,