The JUBA YOUTH project took place in South Sudan in 2013 — two years after the state, located in Central Africa, gained independence. In five short films, South Sudanese filmmakers tell stories of what it’s like to grow up in their country.
The majority of South Sudan’s population is younger than 18 years of age. What desires and hopes do they have, not only for themselves but also for their young republic? How do they, as young people, make ends meet or find a career? How might social assistance work, even in this impoverished region? What role do old traditions play in these modern times? Questions like these were explored in documentary and fictional films, which were shown in cinemas, special screenings, and on television in both South Sudan and Germany.
All JUBA YOUTH filmmakers were honoured with the Special Film-Maker Award at the XXVIII Black International Cinema Berlin Festival in 2013.