The pilot project for the West Virginia State University-University of Dar Es Salaam filmmaking program, TeleDrum, Duara tells the story of two love struck schoolmates: Yusufu and Mariam, who, oblivious in their love, face the fateful consequences of opening their intimate duara (circle in Kiswahili). With the support of a Fulbright Initiative Award, this short-feature was written and produced by filmmaking students from the Fine and Performing Arts Department of the University of Dar Es Salaam and West Virginia State University’s Communications Department to complement AIDA prevention campaigns in Africa. Utilizing elements of the African oral tradition in the filmmaking style, the film, while set in Tanzania (and shot entirely on location), presents a theme relevant to young adults worldwide.
TeleDrum presents DUARA (“Circle”)
MOSES GASANA SUSAN KASSIM STEVEN NDIBALEMA ROSE KAPINGU
Executive Producers DANIEL BOYD & AUGUSTIN HATAR Associate Producers STEVE GILLILAND HAMZA ABDULLAH HUGH CANADA KENDALL MOORE Sound ERASTO SIMA Art Directors GRACE MAHUMBUGA & ABIGAIL IBAYA Director of Photography DYANKA BILAGAMBALAYE Music IMAN SANGA & MICHAEL LIPTON Edited by RICHARD NDUNGURU Written by DELPHINE NJEWELE Produced by DANIEL BOYD Directed by RICHARD NDUNGURU
©2002 TeleDrum – Running Time 25 Minutes in Kiswahili w/English Subtitles
This film made possible by grants from the FULBRIGHT ALUMNI INITIATIVES AWARDS PROGRAM and WEST VIRGINIA STATE COLLEGE.TeleDrum is a collaboration of WEST VIRGINIA STATE COLLEGE and UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM. Made in cooperation with THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS, TACAIDS, HEALTHSCOPE TANZANIA AND USAID.
Duara is an important new film that directs attention in interesting ways to pressing issues of health, sexuality, HIV-AIDS, education and young people in Africa. The photography is beautiful, and the film is edited in a thoughtful and imaginative manner likely to have a positive impact on attitudes and practices in contemporary African youth circles. The kind of collaboration between two African and US university institutions that produced this film holds out a great deal of promise for nurturing emerging young talent such as Richard Ndunguru, the director of Duara. An important initiative that needs to be sustained and expanded. I eagerly look forward to other productions along these lines.
- Mbye Cham, Howard University
SOUND THE DRUM
Sound The Drum is a student production documenting the birth of TeleDrum through the making of the short-feature film “Duara” in Tanzania, East Africa. The documentary chronicles the challenges faced by crews from two dramatically different cultures coming together in a short period of time to learn filmmaking while trying to produce a work of global significance.
2002 – Tanzania-USA Documentary Running Time 28 Minutes in English