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.