Hello from Uganda!
Welcome to the Jajas for Justice newsletter! For those of you who don’t know, Jajas for Justice: Stories of Climate Change is an upcoming documentary on the climate crisis in Uganda. “Jaja” is the Ugandan word for Elder. In the film, we’re focusing on stories of elderly farmers. The title Jajas for Justice comes from the great injustice in elderly subsistence farmers contributing almost nothing to causing the climate crisis while being among the most vulnerable to its effects. You can learn more about our film at our website here.
After months of planning, team members Summer Spell and Rennie McVicker arrived in Uganda last week for the start of filming. Rennie is our operations coordinator. She is heading up logistics and communications. Summer is the director, and is launching into storyboarding and vision casting. Here in Uganda, we also have filmmaker and co-director Alvin Masagazi. Bringing years of filmmaking to the project, Alvin has already started shooting for our upcoming pitch video. Meanwhile, staff at Reach One Touch One Ministries, an organization that supports jajas in Uganda, are busy scouting jajas who want to share their stories. Back stateside we’ve got our financial manager Chloe Vann, hard at work coordinating our fundraising efforts.
If you’re reading this newsletter, it’s because we believe you are someone who cares about justice and hearing the valuable stories from people around the world. Climate change is a critical issue. Right now, it is supposed to be rainy season in Uganda, but everyone we’ve talked to has said it’s been so so dry – and we’ve seen it ourselves. According to the jajas, this disruption of the seasons has become commonplace over the last few years. Where they could once rely on regular seasons for farming, they no longer know what to expect and are losing crops because of it. We hope you’ll join us in putting the microphone in front of people whose stories desperately need to be heard. These jajas have been caring for the land and we have so much to learn from them.
If you’d like to support our efforts, you can donate to the project on our website as well. We won’t be able to finish this project without support. If you know anyone else who would be interested in this story, please let us know or direct them to our website. Stay tuned for more updates as we get into the full swing of production!
With Love and Justice,
Summer, Alvin, Rennie, and Chloe