Uganda’s Queer Kampala International Film Festival has defied all odds and the Ugandan authorities by successfully completing its second annual screening in secret following a police raid.
The three-day LGBTIQ event which was initially thought to be cancelled following a raid on the morning of its second day forced organisers to suspend the rest of the festival.
However, in a heroic act of defiance, Last week, the festival announced that it had managed to successfully host the rescheduled screenings and debates on 28 and 29 December under a veil of complete secrecy.
In order to avoid being shut down again, the venue details were communicated privately and live updates and photos were not allowed during the event.
“We are not giving up,” a festival representative told Mambaonline ahead of the rescheduled festival.
The organisers later thanked the “brave festival participants who came out in force” to attend the event. “Together we made history,” they added.
“For those who did not make it to our screenings, we want to inform you that we are trying to negotiate with our 2017 filmmakers to extend the rights they gave us so that we can bring these education films to your communities as part of our monthly community film screenings.”
The festival said it also hopes to be able to screen some of the films on a new secure online viewing platform, to enable local productions to be viewed across the globe.
The raid which initially halted the festival, followed the police crackdown against Pride Uganda in August when organisers and participants were threatened with arrest by the police, forcing its cancellation.