B-Flow behind an Official theme song for the 5th SOTAMBE Film Festival
SOTAMBE Documentary Film and Arts Festival (SOTAMBE DFAF) is in full swing with the preparations for the 5th SOTAMBE Film Festival happening in period 18 – 22 September 2018 in Kitwe under the theme “These Are the Days”. The theme highlights the development in the Film Industry and celebrates a Zambian filmmaker.
The FILM FESTIVAL runs for five days in September. The annual event consists of documentary movie screenings followed by panel discussions targeting students from colleges and universities, as well as screenings of locally produced movies followed by discussions with the producers and directors on challenges they faced during the production process. In addition, the Festival is accompanied by the rich additional programmes such as art workshops and art exhibitions, drama plays, panel discussions, film conferences, filmmaking hubs and many more. The SOTAMBE DFAF is currently opened to submissions of features, documentaries, short films, animations and series via https://sotambe.org/call-for-submission. The deadline for submissions is 1st July 2017.
Traditionally, the festival will be in rhythm of its official song. The official songs are important to each year’s festival because they carry the message of the theme for the particular year. The 2018 edition is composed by Brian Bwembya known as B-Flow, a musician recognised by the former USA president Barack Obama. B-Flow uses the music to advocate for human rights and disseminate important information.
“We are extremely happy to collaborate with Brian. We feel that we share the same passion for positive social change and community development. In case of the Film Festival, we believe that documentary movies just as much as music can accelerate a social change in the society,” said Martina Mwanza, SOTAMBE DFAF Director.
Brian explains his involvement as follows: “I want to work with SOTAMBE because I have come to appreciate that it is a great initiative and unique platform to showcase Zambian talent and creativity. I’m also excited about the growth of the film industry in Zambia, hence I wish to contribute to making it grow even more because I’m supporting SOTAMBE’s vision. I love SOTAMBE’s quest to promote inclusiveness. As a voice for the voiceless myself, SOTAMBE makes a great partner because they also believe in working with less privileged.”
The official song for SOTAMBE DFAF 2018 entitled ‘SOTAMBE’ will be released on Friday 8th of June 2018 and will be performed live during the Film Festival. Fans will be able to download it on the SOTAMBE DFAF website www.sotambe.org and Zambian music blogs. Watch the space, these are the days