[Music: drum beat with vocalizations] When South Sudan with Sudan was one country, there was a lot of conflict and South Sudan has been like a better feel. We got independent; like we have our own country now. We need to share our own stories. Since the beginning of time, humans have utilized the power of storytelling to inspire people to feel things. There’s a story everywhere. It’s just a matter of how you’re going to tell it and then what in fact what you want your story to have. Why do you want to tell your story? You’re going to tell us your message and then anything else – why this film? Why now? Why for South Sudan? Okay? It’s a short story…a script…my movie’s called… Shamara is the title…talking about two South Sudanese families…she has no job… his salary can no longer sustain his family at all… for now it is forbidden love and he’s struggling with a traditional demand…of how did you know this man? [Music and sounds of arguing] We decided that we need to look for a platform to share these stories so that’s why we decided that we need to come with the Juba Film Festival. For the first time of its kind, the Juba Film Festival 2016 is here! In the film festival we also have a workshop. [Music and voices] In the workshop, we have foreigners coming from outside and we also have 20 students. From these 20 students, we pick four scripts. We pick the first group, develop them, and then go film them in the field with the mentors together and then edit them together with the mentors, and the four films will be screened in the film festive which is going to be on the fourth of July. When I was called that my script came in top four, I was really happy. When I wrote my script, I was just writing my script out of my passion. Because I just enjoy having stories being told. But I do not know how to tell them. We have been writing writing writing without knowing where we started. We might even put the end at the beginning. The most important thing is to have in mind how it starts and how it ends, and then to get to this point you’re going to build your whole story until you get to what you want to say. But when I came to the workshop, I had an idea of what do I need to communicate. What’s your message? As a script writer, as a director, as a producer. Every decision you make has to go towards that message. If you don’t go deep into human emotions then people are not going to relate to what’s happening to your character. You see the turnaround in somebody’s life and you look at your own lifestyle, and in some kind of way you you feel like – I think I need to change my life. Shortfall. Check one. We take actions when we connect with the stories. The scripts actually are written and edited by South Sudanese and the stories are actually South Sudanese stories; and it is stories for locals by locals themselves. If the story is played on any South Sudanese media, then they will feel this story is theirs and it is talking about them in their own media channels. Filming is powerful. You can be able to produce one film. Maybe eight million South Sudanese can watch that film. Film will be alive in people’s heart. People never realize what is going on until you show them what is going on. So we are not acting against our country but we are acting what is real. [Sound of hand clap] Action! We are a diverse country and we have a lot of stories and these stories have not been told, so we feel like as South Sudanese, we need to know our own stories. It is important for all South Sudanese to know issues that affect them and how to solve those issues. And also for the world to know what is happening in South Sudan. What is South Sudan made of, apart from the fact that our country has been overshadowed by the issue of war. People see as they’re like fighters; people see they’re like warriors; people kill themselves. But this is our opportunity like to try to redefine our country… …but listen guys, this is not what we are. Action! [Guitar music – quiet strumming] Good! Thank you – that’s a good… We discovered that we are not yet good in using the equipment in South Sudan. Like the camera and the lighting and the timing and how to deal with these things. The story that’s told with the camera is just as important as the story that’s told with with a dialogue and with words, so I always tell people: turn the volume off and can you follow the story? Yes I think things that I don’t know before then I got them during the training and also they are certain techniques and ways of how to handle the camera and how to fix it on a tripod. Boom boom boom boom boom boom! Photo photo! You can’t just be filming anything. You have to constantly be aware of the frame and the beauty of the image. Before we didn’t plan to go and shoot. We will just come and say, tomorrow we are going for shooting. But now we are able to know what is the scene to be shoot; then how many minutes that’s each and every scene. Take five! If you’re a cameraman, you want to try everything. You want to go to the sound room; to go to the lighting. Teamwork is so hard and is a big challenge for us. Why are umbrellas useful things? The rain. Important to understand also is that the sun in the middle of the day is super hot. So you can use the umbrellas during the day as well. You can use umbrellas any time of the day because they add color to your life. Something is very sure about the weather in South Sudan during rainy season. You have no idea when it’s coming; a little bit similar to the vice-president. We lost two days because we thought Machar was going to fly in. It’s 4:30 now. So sometimes you say nine o’clock and people show up at 11:00 because they didn’t get fuel or they couldn’t get transported; they had to go to the job and their boss is mad because they’ve missed two days in a row. The hardest thing is time. Guys don’t maintain time. What is time? Time uh… she soon be here. Time is something that we require (laughs). Time is money (laughs). After the ten days of the scripting we send people out for filming which we we got a lot of difficulties. Oh, I’m sorry. And we managed to film so the filming actually took us a week to go out filiming like in different locations, and then we came back for the editing now. So we spend another week of editing. [talking in local language] Editing is like starting something, making it in order so that you tell a story and that’s why I love editing. Because editing is the way you organize your story to make it interesting. You’re doing something for the first time. Sometimes you don’t get to do it right and they tell you hey please it’s supposed to be like this and supposed to be like that. So it’s good. It’s actually a learning experience. So I, I like it. What I know will also be first true to others who are behind me so that they know what I have already been given. Okay, all right. Ready? We’re still in process of learning how to deal with the film industry. This is just thing we have a one vision. The films will be complete. We have to play all our roles so that the film will be good. Let us help each other. If somebody comes and asks you – can you give me a sound? Help him. Because next time we meet is light and you will call him and he will help you. We understand now in South Sudan, we need to help each other and to move forward and encourage each other in the film industry. Juba film festival was just a dream and it was actually made possible through the grant from Internews and USAID who believed in us and our project. I hope also that during actually the festival and we are going to screen all these films to audiences around South Sudan. I think it’s going to be huge. I think there’s going to be a hundreds of people who turn out for the festival and there’s going to be great films. There’s going to be great content and there’s going to be really great stories. With good stories I think it’s good. Let us move move forward slowly slowly slowly as long we have a vision. Let’s make South Sudan a better place. Let’s live together and we show people outside there that, yeah we can.