For Ednah Nakakembo, film-making has always been a passion that keeps growing and blooming. Nakakembo has always wanted to create beautiful things and experiences for people and when she got the green light to pursue her dreams, she never looked back. She is currently working with Maisha film lab as the program coordinator and previously as Script supervisor assistant on the set of queen of Katwe.
“I always had a passion for the visual… always wanted to be able to tell a story,” Nakakembo says when asked about her motivation to launch a career in film making. “I Just didn’t know it was called film and that you can have a profession with it. I just wanted to be a part of it,” she adds. With her passion and desire to learn, she set out to become a film maker.
It all started in her senior six vacation when she identified her desire to create and be a part of the process that brought to us film. She went ahead to pursue a diploma in Communication and a BA in Media Arts and Production from the University of Canberra in Australia. She then moved to Melbourne which had more opportunities for visual arts where she got her first experience on set, “I was amazed!” she says of her first experience on set.
She embraced all the opportunities being on a film set provided and took on acting and other jobs as she learnt more about production and cinematography. “It didn’t matter that the job was unpaid, I was eager to learn,” Nakakembo shares. This is the attitude that offset a series of recommendations to other production units before she eventually came back home in 2015.
Despite the challenges the film industry in Uganda is facing, Ednah believes there is a lot of potential and talent to be discovered, harnessed and developed. Despite issues like lack of governmental support towards and the negative stereotypes that surround the arts, she implores young artists to discover their passions and seek relentlessly until fruition.
On film: Shooting Queen of Katwe
“Working on the movie was a humbling experience and a huge step for me, more so because I was working in close contact with the director as a script supervisor assistant for the first time… It was a learning experience and a huge once in a life opportunity for me working on a Disney production, in my country.” She says.
As a script supervisor, her role was to provide a linkage between production, which entails shooting the film and post production which calls for editing and putting the final touches of the film. It being a sensitive role, she took nothing for granted and set out to provide the best support so this common goal could be achieved.
She sights hope as the biggest implication of this movie on Uganda’s movie industry. “It’s time for people in the industry to know that they too, can make it,” She says. “It’s an entirely Ugandan film. It tells not the war torn story. In this case it’s telling a story that will appeal to not only children but adults. It’s going to be an emotional experience for anyone that watches it.. It’s going to change the perspective on film in Uganda.”
“My passion is to make things beautiful….. Being able to create emotions for people. To have that one hour or two of escapism to forget about the world.”