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Patience Nitumwesiga

Patience Nitumwesiga

Nitumwesiga is a documentation expert in all major forms including writing, photography, and videography. Currently an independent contractor for ICT creatives, collecting raw stories from grass root communities, helping nonprofit organisations evaluate and document their impact in Uganda and share this information on their websites, social media sites, and in their weekly, monthly and annual reports. Client list includes TPO Uganda, FOWODE, and KiBO foundation, UHMG, among others. Worked as a production assistant and local translator to Leah Warshawski, director of FINDING HILLYWOOD on a documentary project about the Think Humanity refugee teenage girls in Hoima in August 2013. Previously worked as researcher and personal assistant to Luciana Ceccato Farah, for SOMEBODY CLAP FOR ME, a documentary about the poetry and beats of Kampala, now in postproduction. Directed EVERYBODY NEEDS AN ELECTRICIAN, a short documentary about a skilled, disabled electrician changing lives withhis tools. For the last three years, worked as a development worker at different levels in different organisations in all corners of Uganda and throughout East Africa, engaging communities in transformative movements, with organisations like Rafiki Theatre, GIZ(German development agency), Italian cooperation, Amakula film festival, Jali sustainable and Maisha Film Lab. Led communities, schools and institutions in theatre activities, processes and dialogue about issues of dealing with violence, conflict resolution, nonviolence, gender equality, and good health practices.

Involved in projects to document stories/history, languages and endangered cultures and cultural practices, including the Lusese language of the Basesse on the Sesse Islands with a German researcher, the storytelling tradition and oral history on Bussi Island with British historians (http://www.jalifestival2013.com/charity-work-on-bussi/), personal stories of Ugandans who might otherwise not have a chance to tell their story, and folktales from across Uganda with colleagues from Uganda. Engaged not only in local cultural preservation projects but academic efforts to shape the future of film and theatre in East Africa through partnerships with British and East African academics who came together to develop teaching guides and Manuals to teach institutions and organisations to use film and theatre to engage, inspire and document their communities’ efforts to move forward. The workshops were held in Bagamoyo, Kampala and Nairobi with participants from leading universities in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and UK.

Patience is a humanitarian, and recently she led a campaign to collect bed nets for Congolese refugees in a camp in Hoima and donated them to Think Humanity, an organisation that works in the camp and distributes mosquito nets to refugee families.