Mbambu and the Mountains of the Moon

This is the story of Mbambu, a 16-year-old girl from the village of Kilembe, at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda, who wants to be the first in her family to complete secondary school. Mbambu is also a faithful member of the local amateur drama group, which uses art and thematic performances (such as a performance on the drawbacks of poaching) to educate people in the region. Mbambu comes from a poor farming family that cannot afford her school fees, so she decides to earn money for school by becoming a guide for tourists trekking in the Rwenzori Mountains, a profession generally reserved for men. Focusing on Mbambu’s efforts to become a mountain guide, this film features the lives of the people who live at the foot of these gorgeous and unique Mountains of the Moon—their culture, beliefs, and customs; the problems of their community; and the humor they employ to cope with their daily lives.

Region of Origin

Year of Release

2011

Duration

50 minutes

Format

DV, Color

Directors

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Lucian

LUNAM DOCS is an award-wining documentary film production duo – Lucian and Nataša Muntean – dedicated to documentary filmmaking on human rights and social justice, around the world, with special attention paid to children rights and child labour. Their first three films PUNAM, JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE and BIG SISTER PUNAM have been screened at more than 100 international film festival, received more than 30 awards, one of them the UNICEF Award for Children Rights and are being used for educational purposes in schools around the world. In 2007 they founded PUNAM FUND, non-profit fundraising organization, as a result of the enormous positive feedback regarding the documentary film PUNAM, which inspired people from all over the world to help the children presented in the film.

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Nataša Muntean

LUNAM DOCS is an award-wining documentary film production duo – Lucian and Nataša Muntean – dedicated to documentary filmmaking on human rights and social justice, around the world, with special attention paid to children rights and child labour. Their first three films PUNAM, JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE and BIG SISTER PUNAM have been screened at more than 100 international film festival, received more than 30 awards, one of them the UNICEF Award for Children Rights and are being used for educational purposes in schools around the world. In 2007 they founded PUNAM FUND, non-profit fundraising organization, as a result of the enormous positive feedback regarding the documentary film PUNAM, which inspired people from all over the world to help the children presented in the film.