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Lovinsa Kavuma: Biography Babylon 2009
Project Title: Rape Me For Who I Am
Ugandan-born British Filmmaker Lovinsa Kavuma has a strong interest in African social and cultural affairs. They have been the motivating force that has led her to travel and film extensively, building a career exploring the beauty and ugliness of Africa.
In 2003 during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Lovinsa travelled from the refugee camps in Bunia to Lake Albert in Uganda uncovering the desolation of un-accompanied children and child soldiers and made her documentary Lost Boys Of The Congo.
For BBC news, she initiated and developed stories from West, East to Southern Africa for the flagship afternoon slot Newsround.
Kintu her short docu-drama received recognition and awards at international film festivals for its visual poetic journey of the ancient art form of bark-cloth making in Uganda.
While researching on various issues in Africa, Lovinsa uncovered a disturbing phenomenon: lesbians were being raped in South Africa-blatant victims of hate crime.
The documentary Rape For Who I Am explores the hidden world of sexual abuse and leads you into the lives of four remarkable women, discovering their place within a contemporary African landscape.
As part of the official selection the documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has received numerous international awards and international broadcasts.
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