International Women’s Day was Monday, March 8, but for me, the celebration of women goes on and on. Today my friend Kate Ofwono premieres her film “A Day In Life at Kakuma Refugee Camp” to UNHCR staff in Geneva. Four years ago after her father was assassinated and her mother disappeared, Kate fled from her home in Uganda to Kakuma Camp in Kenya. Since then Kate learned filmmaking with FilmAid International’s participatory video program. 22-year-old Kate is a talented director/producer/screenwriter/actor and now an instructor in FilmAid’s program. She is also a formidable singer and songwriter – you’ll find her latest work “With My Girls” featured in my video The Indian Thing.
Below is Part 1 of Kate’s film. In this segment Kate talks about her dangerous escape from Uganda to Kenya and the grim realities of life in the camp. Parts 2 and 3 follow over the next few days. Congratulations Kate for setting an example to all of us of how to find and bellow our voices no matter where we are.
Click here for a UNHCR Q. and A. with Kate.
Part 1: Escape to Kenya
Click here for Parts 2 and 3 of Kate’s story.