SEBAMALA ARTS is a digital and performing Arts nonprofit which develops equality, advocacy and empowerment programming for marginalized and underrepresented communities. We produce creative works for women, youth and people of color, through research, social change film & television, critical theatre productions and social justice documentaries. The organization was founded to empower communities and support artists with creative relief and artistic training during the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To improve quality of productions from Uganda and the rest of Africa by providing film production training. Challenge negative stereotypes and single-story narratives about Africa, by creating and producing positive and empowering images from the continent. Develop effective advocacy tools for women and youth for self reliance, creative entrepreneurship and empowerment of marginalized communities. To develop creative solutions to social justice issues, gender inequalities, poverty and economic disparity through the creative arts and arts advocacy communication. Create jobs for youth employment and increase industry payments for artists/filmmakers; to combat effects of the COVID 19 Crisis and high unemployment levels in Uganda. Employ over 60% women and girls on all Sebamala Arts programs and projects to increase women's representation in industries predominantly run by men.
Develop and institutionalize Sebamala School of the Arts for skills training in digital and performance arts, to support systems and creative arts infrastructure and innovative creative employment for youth and women. Redefine the African story and support Pan-Africanism with an empowered spirit of pride among the black race globally, using film, television and theatre to create positive images from Africa, change the narrative and challenge stereotypes about Africans. Become a leading African digital and performance arts company celebrated for non discriminatory social justice and empowerment works across Uganda, Africa and the United States.
The emergency of the Covid 19 crisis (2020) was key in the foundation and implementation of programs at Sebamala Arts. Developed as a space to support artists with creative and mental health tools and create employment for women and youth under the age of 35 who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic, Sebamala Arts offered COVID relief, built community through online workshops and readings, thus providing creative expression across digital spaces and professional skills training that led to programs like Women+Youth Film Apprenticeship, Digital Artist Workshops, Young African Writers' Fellowship and African Play Readers Series. Our goal is to employ over 150 women and youth annually, and up to 700 filmmakers between 2022 to 2025 on film projects.
AWARD WINNING SHORT FILM
Synopsis: Something bad has happened at a Kampala hotel. A detective is called in to investigate. Everyone is telling their story; but can anyone be trusted? KEYCARD (2021) is an engaging puzzle that begs you to watch it again.
AFRICAN DIASPORA CONTENT
Working with African Artists living in the broader diaspora, we produce content that challenges negative stereotypes and narratives about Africa.
MEET THE CAST, BLACK GLOVE (2022)
IN THE MEDIA
The making of the Black Glove film: When talent, passion and resources meet. Black Glove's Director, Angella Emurwon says “We feel remaining local is the way we can be universal and have a global appeal... Our film is about us trying to challenge ourselves artistically and visually, while making a commercial product,”
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Film can change the Ugandan story - Sebamala
Black Glove, a movie by Douglas Sebamala is designed to change stereotypes about Africans as well as challenge harmful narratives about black people on the continent, writes Denis Nsubuga.
IN THE MEDIA
Movie Black Glove Starts Production In Kampala. "The ‘who-done-it’ in question is the upcoming film, Black Glove, a murder mystery that is positively drenched in Ugandan style and swag... The cast and crew rock masks on set emblazoned with ‘Sebamala Arts’ (the company behind Black Glove)."
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See #Behind The Scenes Shots Of The Movie...
The work that has been put into the film Black Glove so far, has left a palpable feeling of excitement amongst all involved. In mid December, 2020 in Kampala, the trailer was shot.