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UDADA means Sisterhood

Welcome To Udada Festival

Women’s Film Festival is the first in the region and the second on the continent to exclusively feature women film directors.

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During the past two festivals, UDADA showcased more than a hundred films by women, or about women, from all over the world. UDADA awarded Kenyan and African women filmmakers.

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This is the first festival in the East African region to exclusively feature women's fiction, animated and documentary films productions from all over the world. The festival also featured films made by students.

Highlighting women's issues

Films are a reflection of reality. As a festival, we shall, by highlighting women and their work, also be exposing women's issues, concerns and perspectives in the societies they live in. International films will give the audiences an insight into other cultures for comparison to their own.

Platform for women filmmakers

The festival will offer an excellent opportunity to challenge female filmmakers to contribute more films and encourage sharing of knowledge about cultural heritage of different communities at the international level while promoting intellectual dialogue and encouraging mutual respect through films and exchange of expertise.

Change ways women are perceived

There is a general tendency everywhere in the world to stereotype women. The festival offers space to expose, discuss, and critique these stereotypes, the first one being: Can a woman direct films?

Women filmmakers, especially in Africa, have been usually relegated to second place. As a festival, we believe that through this initiative, we are providing a platform for established and emerging female talent to exhibit their work to each other and to a general public. Filmmakers are able to exchange views and also network with each other, the audience and other stakeholders. By providing such a platform, UDADA hopes to bring about changes in the way women are perceived by society in their daily life, at work and in public life. The films by women present the world through women’s eyes The festival also featured films made by female students.

OUR PARTNERS

THE KENYA FILM CLASSIFICATION BOARD - THE HEINRICH BOELL STIFTUNG - THE MICHAEL JOSEPH CENTRE - THE SPANISH EMBASSY - THE INTERNATIONAL IMAGES FILM FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN - THE FRENCH EMBASSY - PAWA254 - KI.CHEN - LAICO REGENCY - ALLIANCE FRANCAISE - THE KENYA FILM COMMISSION - THE NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA - XPOSE - NOMADIC TENTS