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Somebody Clap for Me

Fall Grant 2012
Current project status: COMPLETED

Luciana Ceccatto Farah / Feature Documentary / Brazil, Uganda, United Kingdom, Qatar / 2017 / 74 min / Original Language: English, Luganda / Interests: Documentary, Music, Art/Literature, Youth, Creative Documentary


This poetic rollercoaster ride chronicles Ugandan youth reclaiming their right to a voice by bringing village bonfire traditions to an urban setting. One of these young freedom of speech activists is Ugly Emcee, a social worker who also happens to be a grandson of the late dictator Idi Amin Dada. Through an unsettling meta-layer, these eclectic individual portraits combine to form a vision of a country trying to shed its past and build a more democratic reality, despite the conservative forces latching on to power.


Luciana Ceccatto Farah
Luciana Ceccatto Farah
Luciana Ceccatto Farah, Reem Al-Wohaibi

About the Director

Luciana Ceccatto Farah is an artist based in Doha, Qatar. She studied Sculpture at the Escola de Belas Artes do Paraná, in her native Brazil, and Communications at Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium. Her first film, 'Somebody Clap for Me' (2018) won best feature-length documentary at the Festival International du Film Panafricain de Cannes and the Cameroon International Film Festival. She is currently on an artistic residency at Maktaba, the children’s library, where she runs a Comic Book Lab for 8-11-year-olds and makes analogue stop-motion collage films.'One in 50 million’ was produced as part of the Doha Film Institute’s annual Documentary Lab in 2018 which was led by world-renowned Cambodian documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh.

Production Company Profile

Faction Films has been at the cutting edge of documentary programme making since 1983. Faction works regularly with UK and international broadcasters in Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia. Its programmes have won awards, appeared in numerous festivals and helped change laws. Faction's programmes range from cultural, social and environmental explorations to investigative documentaries, and the company has a strong track record of nurturing new talent. Credits include Monica Whitlock's 'Through the Looking Glass: The Andijan Massacre' (2010) for BBC World; Louis Lopez and Trisha Ziff's 'Chevolution' (2008) for Netflix; Masood Khan's 'Divorce: Shariah Style' (2008) for Channel 4; and Sylvia Stevens's 'Aphrodite’s Drop' (2005) for ARTE, NHK, SVT and AVRO.

Awards and Festival History


Zanzibar IFF 2017 (WP)
XIII Cinema on the Bayou FF Lafayette 2018 (LA)
DocFeed Eindhoven 2018
Amakula IFF Kampala 2018
Ethnografilm Paris 2018
Afrykamera Warsaw 2018
Afrika FF Leuven 2018, In Competition - Flemish Comission for Unesco


Festival du Film pan Africain de Cannes Cannes 2018, Best Documentary Feature
Cameroon IFF Buea 2018, Best Documentary Feature


  • Production Company

    Faction Films

    Faction Films

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