She is both a coffeeholic and a workaholic. Martina Mwanza is a TEDex Nkana Fellow and an International Film Festival Curator of great acclaim. She has invested her organizational dexterity , curatorial excellency , artistic passion and creativity into the development of Sotambe Film Institute and as well the growth of the annually film and arts showcase , Sotambe International Film , Documentary and Film Arts Festival since 2014 . The Festival has grown into a showcase of international repute. Several filmmakers from Zambia, Africa and abroad have benefited from the SOTAMBE through networking events boot camps, master classes and partnerships. Sotambe 2019 is including poetry in its official programming. Martina Mwanza is an excellent communicator, creativity influencer and a reputable festival organizer. Thank you for accepting to be part of the #mypennameistrailblazer
Sotambe Documentary , Film and Arts festival was founded in 2014 by Zambia’s reputable arts curators and festival organizers ,the duo Martina Mwanza and Daniel Mwale.The word “Sotambe” means come and watch .The festival was founded with the scope of using film and arts as new vehicles of human education , infotainment, edutainment and of societal transformation .The festival also promotes dialogue and social inclusivity in school communities and other spaces . It has since grown into a fully-fledged international showcase that attracts big voices every September of every year . Sotambe plays a significant role in building confidence of young Zambian and Southern African film makers as well as artists , as they connect with the world and grow professionally in their film and creative arts expertise . The Sotambe festival runs a myriad of programs . The preliminary programming includes Filmmaking Boot Camp-which is a filmmakers dream polishing activity ,equipping film makers with requisite practical experience .The 6th Sotambe Festival has introduced film projects from international , African and local film industrialists . Top drawer film and arts master classes of photography ,mobile apps film development projects, cinematography , script writing and film editing are part of the festivals star-studded package . Sotambe 2019 is hosting a Women in Film Conference and conference is presided on by Zambia creative glitter studded women filmmakers and thought leaders that include, Chisi Jessie , Bridget Mazango- Kashiba , Becky Ngoma, Cassie Kabwita and Chansa Gabbi Lamba.
Interestingly the newly launched “Women in Filmmaking” Campaign will act as catalyst for diversity and inclusiveness as it grows the number of women storytellers and filmmakers in Zambia and Africa . Women are major drivers for social change issues .They are the custodians of arts and culture . The Women Filmmaking Campaign will award both illustrious and upcoming for the great strides in the field of filmmaking ,promotion and production .
MARTINA HAJKOVA MWANZA
Born in Czech Republic where she did her Master’s in Development Studies. For many years, she actively participated in the organisation of the biggest Human Rights Film Festival in Czech Republic. Martina came to Zambia in 2010 to undertake a social research for her thesis, and she basically lives here ever since. During her employment as a lecturer at the Zambia Catholic University, she had a desire to promote the use of film in the learning process and create a platform for college and university students to share ideas. Her passion for filmmaking and arts led to the established of a SOTAMBE Documentary Film and Arts Festival that is currently the biggest film festival in Zambia promoting local film productions. The organisation known as the SOTAMBE Film Institute offers workshops and filmmaking Boot Camps but the annual Film Festival remains the main activity of the organisation. Her dream is to create an international standard Film Festival for the Southern African filmmakers.
“I strongly believe that media – and film especially – are very powerful tools that lead to the social change in the given society – particularly through the changing identity of individuals. Whether the change will be a good one, it depends on what we choose to see.”
— with Martina Mwanza.
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MBIZO CHIRASHA is the 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub Curator . International Human Rights Art Festival African Fellow, Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine .Arts Features Writer at Cultural Weekly . Founder and Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal . Poetry Contributor to Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. African Contributor to Demer Press International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His recent collection of his experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print ,on Amazon.com and at AfricanBooks Collective . Mbizo Chirasha is the Orginator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Talent Festival. 2003Young Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development in Ghana. 2009 Participant to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the ShungunaMutitima Film Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. The Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer ,publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.