ARUA. A renowned West Nile R&B music star Mandela Adams aka Freeboy Adams and South Sudanese film director Egily Hakim Egily have asked young people to shun any segregative and hate oriented social media messages but instead asked the young people to use the social networks for building business opportunities and marketing.
The duo is working on a project dubbed “defy hate now” that seeks to among others support the voices acting against the escalation of the current conflict in South Sudan and unite the south Sudan community in the diaspora into a peace building frame work and reconciliation, although it has overtime spread to reach any youth regardless of their country of origin.
Part of the “defy hate now” project includes a film “Defy” that was directed by Hakim in Juba, South Sudan
Defy is a fictional story of a senior politician Honorable David’s new found passion for social media and the risks that come with using these platforms to spread propaganda and rumuors.
It also aims at raising awareness of and develop means to mitigate social media based hate speech, Conflict rhetoric and online incitement to violence.
The film follows the fate of a young internet entrepreneur ‘software’ and his colleagues who became entangled in dangerous online conflict with Hon David as he hires a young female manager for his social media page in which Hon David posts inflammatory views on his face book page and ends up risking his life and that of the young woman.
Before screening the movie at the Oasis 24/7 Bar and restaurant in Arua town on Monday, Hakim spoke heartily to the audience of how difficult it is to shoot a movie in the world’s newest nation given the current explosive situation in the country and the risks for the crew.
He also complained of the resource constraints that made it difficult to complete the movie.
Free boy who is also an ambassador of the sister program “think before you click” social media campaign appealed to his colleague Ugandan celebrities to learn from the film and shun any hate speech as well as learning film productions skills.
The 26 minute film “Defy” among other places was premiered in Nairobi and in Rhino camp refugee settlement in a bid to reach out to more of the target group.
Dead silence ensured in the course of the movie and a thunderous applause followed as viewers one after another appreciated the simple and precise message in the film.
Ms Sharlotte Ainebyoona, a psychologist, commended the team for a job well done; she said such material would be so helpful in sharing with young people in the future and appealed to the team to formalize its production.
Mr Boniface Toko, a musician and Radio presenter also spoke passionately of the lessons in the movie “this movie was a master piece looking at its low budget but had the strength to tell the story of how dangerous social media can insight violence or cause damages to people if not used in a proper way, the directions and angles were on point. It actually motivated me to join the movie industry”.