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The women's film festival Udada (which means sisterhood in Kiswahili) is the first in the region to feature women's fiction and documentary film productions. The film festival screens short, student, long feature and documentary films made by, or about women from all over the world.
The mandate of the UDADA Film Festival is to:
- Facilitate interaction between women filmmakers; and women filmmakers and their audiences;
- Support and encourage women involved in film production;
- Increase the exposure of new works written and/or directed by women;
- Showcase women work to the Kenyan and International film industry for future ventures;
- Provide opportunities for professional development;
- Provide a marketplace for industry. In essence, a reverse trade mission providing local filmmakers and producers access to the national and international film industry;
- Develop and offer youth programs to develop the next generation of filmmakers;
The Festival week also features workshops, forums and face-to-face meetings for filmmakers and producers. The Forum focusses on the business of filmmaking while the Festival celebrates international works by women.
Wanjiru Kinyanjui, Matrid Nyagah and Naomi Mwaura