For the second time in his life, Moses has fled from civil war to a Ugandan refugee camp plagued by food insecurity, poor access to education, child-headed households, and unrest. Now, he must step up to provide leadership and solutions, unknowing if they will ever be able to return home.
We are seeking to create a 20-30min short documentary to explore the lives of two refugee pastors living in northern Uganda who are working to improve their communities and create change in the lives of South Sudanese refugees. This film will give agency to refugees. The focus will be on hope and specifically hope in the next generation. We will shatter expectations, depict shared humanity, and reveal the beauty in uncommon places. We will document in a way that does not harm those we are trying to serve.
One of the greatest challenges our societies are facing today is immigration and refugee movements. How often do we see this happening and think of it as a political problem or controversial topic as opposed to real people? Of the millions of refugees displaced currently, fewer than one percent are being resettled each year. That means that neighboring countries, often in the majority world, are the ones stepping up to house and come up with solutions to this growing problem. This is what is happening in Uganda. South Sudan is the newest country in the world with two failed attempts at gaining independence. Uganda is the third largest refugee hosting country in the world with one million South Sudanese refugees living in Uganda. And due to the current climate, people are on average spending 20 years or longer from their homes as refugees. And unlike refugees that are resettled in western countries, refugees in camps are often overlooked and underserved.