Thursday, 30 August 2012

Meet the family of one of our protagonists!

Put some faces behind this project and blog!

Laura Cini is the writer/director. Graduated at film school in London as director, she made the transition from fiction to documentary after a recent degree in Human Geography. Her work is animated by a great passion for world cultures and traveling.

Cristina Mencato is the crowdfunding coordinator and main blogger. She is librarian at the Innocenti Library in Florence. Mission of the library is to increase awareness about children rights in Italy and throughout the world.

More crew members to come...


From Dilman Dila, Ugandan filmmaker and friend: Explaining us the use of the word "mzungu", the way white people are called in Uganda and other African countries. 

Many foreigners who come to Uganda hate to be called Mzungu -- some where t-shirts with bold letters saying "I'M NOT MZUNGU!" -- they believe that mzungu is a racist word referring to a white person. True, over the years, the original meaning of the word has been lost, and today, anyone light skinned will be called a mzungu. My girlfriend is Filipino, and she gets called that all the time. My elder brother is very light skinned, and some used to call him mzungu. But the term actually means "someone who roams around aimlessly". It may have come from the Swahili words 'zungu', 'zunguzungu', 'zunguka', 'zungusha', 'mzungukaji', meaning to go round and round; or from the Luganda word okuzunga. Swahili is mixture of Bantu, Hindi and Arabic languages. In plural, it is wazungu (Swahili) or bazungu (Luganda, Bantu, Ugandan languages). English has come to be known as kizungu (Swahili) luzungu (Luganda, Ugandan), as it is the language most often used by whites in East Africa.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Introduction video!

Short video introducing the environment and culture and setting the beginning of the documentary "Punishment Island"

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The story

Around the area of Lake Bunyonyi girls who were getting pregnant before marriage were destined to die. They were left in the forest at the mercy of wild animals or they were abandoned on Akampene. The tiny land, aka Punishment Island, could not provide anything for them to eat. Those who didn't die were saved by men who had no cows to pay a bride price for a "social acceptable" wife. Now, even less known is the fact that the island itself has a soul...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The island

In remote South Western Uganda, in the middle of a stunning volcanic lake, the tiny island of Akampene is disappearing from the face of the Earth. Before that happens, it has an important story to tell...