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Somebody Clap for Me

Fall Grant 2012 - Post-Production Stage
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

A fourth-generation Brazilian of Syrian descent, Luciana Ceccatto Farah studied Journalism in Belgium and Fine Arts in Brazil. She has curated exhibitions, collections and managed arts projects in the GCC since 2005, as well as attending film and acting workshops at the Doha Film Institute. In 2010, she was responsible for the Arts & Culture Program in the successful Qatar 2022 World Cup bid. She wrote, produced and directed ’Somebody Clap for Me’, which was shot over 3 years in Uganda, with an all-East African crew of Maisha Film Lab alumni.

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.


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    Faction Films

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