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Caroline Kamya & Boris Bertram – Chips and liver girls

Caroline Kamya


The conditions for film making are hard in Uganda, and Caroline Kamya is despite her age a pioneer in African cinema. She has started IVAD-productions, her own production company and is the main force behind the school Uganda Arts and Media Academy. Her fictions are edited rhythmically and are full of close ups. She is not afraid to be political, but she also wants to show a varied picture of Africa: ”I would like to see more positive things featured about Africa. We have the same joys and sorrows as people in other countries. Africa is much more than famine and catastrophes” (CK 2007). Caroline Kamya attended the Berlinale Talent Campus 2007.

Boris Bertram


Boris Betram was born in 1971. He graduated from Documentary at the Film School of Denmark in 2005. His film 'Beirut' was selected for CPH:DOX and shown on Discovery Channel. 'Diplomacy-The Responsibility to Protect’ (2007), received equally great attention. Together with co-director Rasmus Dinesen, Bertram is filming as the first one ever behind the scenes at the UN. We see diplomatic tours and detours during the tough battle for peace, in negotiations that later are signed as the Darfur resolution. Bertram's latest work follows two young Russian dancers, whom through their art handle the fact that their city Chelyabinsk is one of the most polluted places on earth. 'Tank City' (2009) appeared in the competition program Amnesty Award at CPH:DOX 2010.


Chips and liver girls


A typical 'chips and liver girl' navigate full-speed among their friends, their boyfriends, and the elderly men who pay for their studies and a modern life in luxury. For the university is not the only school for the thousands of young female students in the large city of Kampala, where everyone is fighting a daily struggle against everyone else in order to stay ahead. One of them is called Sonja, and even when she is going around with her 4-year-old son, she manages to twist the men around her little finger in a city that never sleeps. Romance means a man who can pay, poetry is passé and flowers are 'so last year'. Caroline Kamya and Boris Bertram portray a self-confident and individualistic generation of women in Uganda, which both mirrors a Western form of hedonism as well as continuing some cultural traditions, which have maybe never been as unshakably traditional as rumour has it.