South Sudan does not have a movie theatre. Yes, imagine that. The simple relief of going to theatre and escaping, does not exist.
There was a cinema district in the capital city of Juba with a movie palace but it has since been renovated into a church after years of being inoperable due to conflicts. Streaming services, as the internet is hit or miss, are largely unavailable in the nation. Entertainment in South Sudan which includes the entire community- especially the youth-barely exists.
"Providing civil society, the avenue of the arts, allows for more effective change in the political and economic viability of a nation because the medium allows for the creation of awareness to the general public."
The inaugural Juba Under The Stars (JUTS) Film Festival aims to bring the cinema experience to South Sudan. A curated, international collective of professionals in a variety of industries and disciplines have assembled to utilize their resources and talent for social good and cultural exchange. In October, the festival will be open and gratis to the public (capacity pending) in the capital city of Juba. They seek to screen current, as well as classic films, and supplemental educational programming.
Juba Under The Stars Festival is produced by Washington, D.C. Metropolitan based Juba Under The Stars LLC along with Childhood Fractured, a registered 501c3 in Chicago, and the Ebony Center For Strategic Studies (ECSS), a non-profit research institution in Juba.
JUTS is fiscally sponsored by The Film Collaborative (TFC) in Los Angeles, the first non-profit committed to distribution, education and facilitation of independent film and is founded and Executive Produced by NuNu Deng and Associate Produced by Linda James in the United States and Chaired by Dr. Lual A. Deng in South Sudan, all South Sudanese citizens.
Juba, South Sudan
October 17-20, 2019