A documentary film revealing untold stories from the 20 year long war in Northern Uganda between Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan Government Under Current President Yoweri Museveni
All the Bikes 4 Life teams across Australia are working hard to repair and collect enough bikes, spares and tools for a special Christmas shipment of bikes to Uganda and remote Indigenous communities in Australia.
We would love your help to make this happen and make a real difference to these communities.
BBQ and drinks provided with live acoustic performances from local artists including Zito Ballo and Vinnie Iyer!!
This event is to kick off our weekly Sunday workshops and BBQs and to help get our bikes ready for another shipment to AFRICA!
The event is in support of our Bikes 4 Life Indigenous Program, and to celebrate our recent success in Africa, where we delivered 400 bicycles to remote communities and set up a bike workshop for former child soldiers and victims of Kony’s war in northern Uganda.
There will be food, music, magic and a short film preview of our work in Uganda.
Thanks for your support and I truly hope to see you on Thursday evening!
Well it has been an amazing first week in the Pearl of Africa! We spent 6 days in Kampala meeting up with friends and contacts from political and humanitarian roots, while also awaiting the arrival of our container full of bikes from Australia.
A few days in we went to the DAMCO office in Kampala to find out what was happening with our bikes and found out there had been a problem at customs with our mattresses and mobile ambulances.
We got the the required papers arranged to clear the container in Mombasa, and were told that we had to wait for a truck to become available, and 4 days on from that call, we are still waiting for a truck to become available!!
We spent a few days meeting with organisation’s that work with orphans and slum communities in the Kampala region, including Hope Restoration Ministry in Jinja and AFFCAD in Bwaise. We will be delivering bikes to both groups when the container arrives, hopefully by next week!
We were chewing into our time north while waiting for the bikes so decided to travel to Gulu, the biggest town in Northern Uganda. We first had a meting with the President of the Uganda people’s Congress (UPC) Doctor Olara Otunnu. By the time the interview ended it was almost 4pm, and traveling to the north is not advised at night time. However we had people waiting for us so we decided to go anyway!
We made it to Gulu safe and sound, thanks to our top driver Charles… We had some close encounters with trucks and saw the Presidential Convoy thrash by. We also ran over a dog which was terrible. It shocked the whole crew, and we arrived close to 11pm in Gulu in quite a sombre state.
I woke up today with the phone going crazy, emails and facebook all maxed out with stories about Joseph Kony and the LRA (Lords’ Resistance Army). Invisible Children have supposedly launched one of the biggest social media / viral marketing campaigns of all time. Interesting that we are here half an hour from Joseph Kony’s home town and at the centre of where all the worst atrocities took place, yet we have heard no one at all talking about it…!?
Today is International Women’s Day and we are going to celebrate with the Gulu community. After that we will continue our work on the ground, helping communities affected by the war and interviewing people about issues relating the the other side of the coin… Every story has two sides after all!
With many thanks to all involved, and special thanks to Visa Global for the shipping and management, Ex-Pat Deli for the container, Nick & co for the Graffiti and art, John Wells & co at Independent Color for the stickers (logo’s) and Bunnings Port Melbourne for the new equipment…!
Our awesome graffiti artists started yesterday at Visa in Yarraville, and spent the whole day painting the container, which when in Africa will become a bike workshop for former child soldiers.
The program is aimed at not only assisting in the rehabilitation and re-integration efforts at FRO, for the hundreds of young traumatized victims and former child soldiers of a brutal civil war, but it is also aimed at giving them an opportunity to learn practical and useful skills that can help in securing employment in the future. Furthermore, Bikes 4 Life aims to provide each person at the center with their own bicycle, so they can visit their families without walking for days, giving them the ability provide for their families when they return home to their villages after rehabilitation, allowing faster and easier access to food, water and access education & medical facilities, giving them a real chance at overcoming the traumas of their past and getting ahead in life- against all the odds.
On behalf of the Bikes 4 Life Team and the Child Troopers Crew, thank you Visa Global – for making all of this possible and for helping us to help others….
OCTOBER 4, 2017 – followed by Panel Talk with Milton Allimadi, Helen Epstein and Ogenga Otunnu
BELOIT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Screenings on February 25 and March 1st, 2017.
THE INTERNATIONAL UGANDAN CONVENTION
The Hague, Netherlands
February 24, 2017, 7.30pm
Many thanks to Moses Atocon, The Hague Peace Projects and The Ugandan Diaspora P10 and EU Diaspora. Also, we must extend our thanks to the honourable Dr. Kizza Besigye and Olara Otunnu for their attendance and their support with the film and wider justice project.
WE THE PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL
November 10 at 7pm and
November 13 (at the Official Award’s Ceremony)
LONE STAR FILM FESTIVAL
Sundance Square Cinema 1
Fort Worth, Texas
November 11 at 3pm
DOCUMENT INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
October 22 and October 23
LONE STAR FILM FESTIVAL
November 10 – 12 (TBC)
RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Best Feature Documentary Nominee
September 27 at 3pm and
September 30 at 9pm
Piccadilly Circus, London
LONG BEACH INDIE FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Long Beach, California USA
SCREENING September 3rd
VOICELESS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Oakland, Bay Area, San Fransciso CA
September the 11th of 9pm Sharp
Q and A following screening hosted by Journalist Ann Garrison from KFPA Bay Radio.
WILLIAMSBURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Brooklyn, New York
Q & A to Follow with special guests Milton Allimadi and Helen Epstein
RAINDANCE Film Festival UL
Director Ebony Butler will be attending.
KITZBUHEL FILM FESTIVAL
August 22 – Aug 28, 2016
ESPERANZA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
August 18 – 25, 2016
LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LongBeach Island, New Jersey
Saturday June 11th at 3:30pm followed by Panel Q and A http://liff.festivalgenius.com/2016
DC INDIE FILM FEST
Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards
WINNER OF BEST DOCUMENTARY
LA Women’s International Film Festival
L.A LIVE Cinema, Hollywood
WINNER OF BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM!!
Universe Multicultural Film Festival
Palm Beach International Film Festival
April 7 and 14
NOMINATED FOR BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY!
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival – Wales
Cinema A The Edge (CATE) Film Festival
Santa Monica, L.A
Saturday 21st of May, 2016 at 9pm
Tickets at cinemaattheedge.com
Polish Film Festival
ESPERANZA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL