Fog of Bwindi

 

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Anna with Kabwana Erifazi, a Batwa who appears in her film

The Fog of Bwindi is a Documentary filmed on spot in Uganda in January/February 2015. Photo, research, translations and editing by Anna Böhlmark

The film has been screened in India, Italy and Sweden. Looking for more places to screen this important testimony.

 

Description:

For thousands of years the Batwa (a pygmy tribe) lived in harmony with the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi forest, south Western part of Uganda. In 1991, when the Bwindi forest became a world heritage, the pygmies were forcefully evacuated from the forest to leave space for the endangered gorillas. The mountain gorillas have become one of Africa´s biggest tourist attractions. But what happened to the Batwas?

This documentary give a frightening insight in a society that places economic interests above all others including human dignity.

 

 

Comments on the film:

 

Anna this is very good. Firstly, you gave enough time to the Batwa to express themselves without being spoken for. Secondly your choice of the shots was superb because the shots speak for themselves even when I don’t listen or read the subtitles. Thirdly, I liked the fact that it was not a white person or a city based Ugandan person narrating the story, it made it so authentic for the people to narrate their ordeal. Lastly I’m happy to see myself contributing to the plight of the Batwa as marginalized people.

– Jack Kenobe Sserunkuuma, actor and director from Uganda (appeared in Hollywood production “Queen of Katwe” in 2016 and also

in Fog of Bwindi)

 

We only just this afternoon had the chance to view this wonderful film about the Pygmy people, their displacement, and the grace that was bestowed upon them by the kind Bishop who bought them land of their own. It was such a moving story, wonderfully filmed, and with a soundtrack of music that not only helped the story and its progress, but accentuated the most moving moments as when the people all came rushing down from the hill of their village to meet the Bishop as he walked across the land below. The choral singing put me in mind of Dante’s PARADISO, as, in fact, did your entire film remind me of Dante’s journey from Hell, though Purgatory, and then to Paradise. It was lovingly, sensitively, and engagingly done. We were both very moved and impressed with your devoted work. We felt grateful for your contributions to the spirit of kindness and compassion on this earth.

– Garrett Hongo, professor Oregon University, USA