Eava Artists primers the first sex workers documentary film in Kampala.
the documentary explores the resilience of sex workers in Uganda,and their efforts to fight against HIV/Aids.
On 7/6/2016, East Africa Visual Artists, an organization that uses pictorial illustrations to advocate for the rights of minorities launched a movie titled “Life son the Streets” at the National Theater in Kampala. With support from Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) and UHAI-EAHSRI, EAVA launched the movie that advocates for the rights of female sex workers. They also collaborated with Women’s Organization Network For Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA), Lady Mermaid’s Bureau, Organization for Gender Empowerment and Rights Advocacy (OGERA) to bring to life this great initiative that highlighted the day to day challenges of female sex workers in different parts of the country.
The 1hr and 13 minutes long movie stars both sex workers, sex work advocates and others from the grassroots levels. The filming crew sampled spots in Kampala and the surrounding districts that have high concentration of sex workers and mostly centered on slums and Kampala streets as well as few landing sites and islands on Lake Victoria.
In Uganda and some other parts of the African continent, sex work is considered a taboo and is punishable by law; therefore this grants some law enforcement agencies especially the police the mandate to arrest anyone caught practicing sex work. More so, most religious factions in the country still consider sex work ungodly and call for all those involved to turn to God for redemption.
Through this movie, one gets to know what life means to live as a sex worker in a country like Uganda and the dangers associated with this risky venture. Many of the sex workers interviewed confess to have been arrested from various night spots, detained and tortured by the police and others share their experiences being tortured by their clients and or even raped. One of the characters narrated how a client once forced her to breast feed his tortoises or else gets killed; a scene hat leftthe audience in total dismay.