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This Silent Trigger video on breast feeding, illustrates harmful and bad practices as they occur commonly in the community. It portrays negative gender and social norms, which are barriers to uptake of desirable health and nutrition services in Karamoja.

After watching the silent video, a discussion led by a facilitator is held with the community where they identify the harmful behaviours in the video and prompt community conversations on possible solutions to the barriers highlighted.

Silent videos provide a good alternative to counselling cards especially in communities with very low literacy levels and those that have limited practice due to inability of communicators to delve into barriers to poor behaviour adoption. They portray harmful social norms, which impede adoption of desired behaviours or uptake of necessary services, and thus prompt conversations on possible solutions to the barriers highlighted. Trigger videos are also intended to increase implementers’ awareness about the inherent problem-solving capacity of community members.

  • Irene .K. Kulabako
    Stone Cold, Beauty To ashes, A Question of Children, After the Silence, All Our Children, King of kings, A King is Born, Martha's Diary, My Sweat Whose Gain, I Forgive You, Lucy's Choice, Someone Cares
  • Irene kulabako
    Cheap Blood, The King of kings, The 1st Legend, The Solution
  • Community members from Karamoja
  • Venansio Ahabwe
  • Claire Nalweyiso
  • Gerald Lobolia
  • Joseph Lochu
  • John Modo
  • Charles Ochaya
  • Mickydad Lokiru
  • Julius Aleper Kizito
  • Boniface Kiyonga
  • Juliet Ajok
  • Denis Odera
  • APOLOU - Save the Children Uganda
  • MAAD Advertising Agency
  • MERCY CORPS and Partners
  • Paulina Loyang
    Key Cast
  • Joseph Lochul
    Key Cast
  • Vicky Apio
    Key Cast
  • Mary Nyanga
    Key Cast
  • Peter Locheng
    Key Cast
    "Husbands Friend"
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    8 minutes 32 seconds
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    June 1, 2019
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    6,200 USD
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Director Biography - Irene .K. Kulabako

My trademark as a director, is working with new, undiscovered talent, because I believe it is one way to enhance the skills of aspiring filmmakers, which in turn will grow Uganda’s audiovisual industry. In 2016, I was selected out of a group of over 100 aspiring actresses to star in a supporting role in Walt Disney’s – Queen of Katwe, a biographical drama about overcoming adversity through sports.
With over 19 years experience in the creative arts industry and several awards in different forms of media, my specialty lies in film production – Specifically developing and producing television dramas, video magazines, documentaries, commercials, music videos as well as theatrical productions. My acting career began while studying performing arts at Makerere University, and included a number of roles in stage and TV dramas such as “Time to Care” and “Centre 4”, which were both produced by USAID and The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Centre for Communication.
To quench my curiosity of moving images, I chose to immerse myself in television production and made the jump to film starting out as an Assistant Director in the 1999 dramatic series, “A Question of Children”. This drama was screened on National TV station continues to be screened in several countries in Africa. I later made my directorial debut in 2006 with the short film “After the Silence” written by the award winner Dilman Dila on gender based violence.
I am currently developing an integrated health and society medical drama TV series. This ambitious project aims to increase the number of individuals who use health services and encourage adoption of healthy behaviors among all Ugandans. My ultimate dream is to set up a non-commercial community TV channel in Uganda, which sorely broadcasts stories about human and social rights.

Women in Film Award, The Nile Diaspora youth and women initiative, Uganda.

Communication for Healthy Communities won the Best not for profit campaign award in Uganda at the 2015 Public Relations Association of Uganda Excellence Awards. We are proud to have been part of the team that produced some of the audiovisual materials for this campaign.

I was a key resource person to Y.E.A.H and Communication for Development Foundation Uganda in the production of the Rock Point 256 radio serial drama. The series won the award for best HIV/AIDS Program at the Africa Edutainment Awards in Uganda. This serial drama was broadcast for 6 years in five local languages and featured storylines, memory lane episodes, infomercials and talk shows.

I supervised the design, development and production of two music videos with popular Ugandan celebrities for the “Be a Man” and “True Manhood” campaigns. The True Manhood music video won the “People’s Choice award” at the 5th International Entertainment Education Conference Digital Media Awards in New Delhi India.

The silent videos won the African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) Award for Excellence in Strategic Health and Development Communication in South Africa. The silent films are short, 7 ‐ 10 minute, unvoiced vignettes intended to simulate dialogue, debate and actions around issues that put men and their partners a risk of HIV. The AfriComNet award is an annual honor given in recognition of individuals or organizations that make significant contribution to innovating, strengthening and popularizing strategic communication as a tool for health and development. www.africomnet.org

The Good life show, was Uganda’s 1st health TV game show. And winner of the Africomnet 2008 Award for Excellence in social marketing communication in Africa. One of our team members was a key resource person on this project. The series was sponsored by: USAID, AFFORD and Toyota. www.africomnet.org

I have also been honored with the most prestigious awards in broadcasting. The best TV presenter of the year for four consecutive years and the best television show award for the “Open up” show.

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Director Statement

I am first and foremost a storyteller. I realized early in life that I wanted to make films for development as opposed to making films about development and that is how I define my work. I am drawn to stories about human and social rights – especially women and children’s rights and health and development, which I later turn into films.