#BomoaUkuta 2021 - Kick-off for the mobile phone video competition in celebration of the 31st anniversary of German Reunification


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30.08.2021 - Article

# BomoaUkuta – which wall do you want to tear down?

In 1989, the Berlin Wall that separated East and West Germany was torn down in a peaceful revolution, leading to Germany’s reunification on 3 October 1990. It paved the way to a free, more inclusive, liberal and progressive society in all of Germany. This was possible due to the great engagement and courage of many who came together in a vision to overcome the political as well as physical obstacles that divided our country.

Today, in Kenya as Germany we live in societies where we still face many every-day obstacles as individuals or even together. Amongst many other things, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is having a very negative impact around the globe, thus contributing to more obstacles for individual as well as societal development.

For the third year in a row, the German Embassy Nairobi would like to invite you to participate in a mobile phone short video competition! We want Kenyans to tell us: Which obstacles do you see today for your individual progress or progress of society as a whole? Which walls would you like to see gone? Je, ungependa kubomoa ukuta gani?

Tell us your story in a short video clip on how you overcame obstacles or which obstacles you still want to overcome. Which walls you would like to tear down that separate us as people today? Show us until Sunday, 19 September 2021 what you would like to see changed.

Reach a large audience through your participation on all major social networks in Kenya, and win one of the following prizes:

1. A videographer starter pack consisting of an iPhone 11 (128 GB), a steadycam and a clip-on microphone to continue your creative voyage as a mobile video artist.

2. A brand new Android Smartphone (2021), a tripod and a clip-on microphone.

3. A brand new Android Smartphone and a microphone.

In addition, all the top 10 entrants of the #BomoaUkuta 2021 competition will also get the opportunity to participate in our brand new Masterclass and meet established Kenyan filmmakers.

The winners will be announced on October 1, 2021. Your winning video will be featured on our Social Media as well as other online events during these Corona-Times!

Please note that the prizes are to be redeemed in Nairobi and that the German Embassy cannot reimburse any travel expenses to or from Nairobi, or other expenses incurred due to participation in the contest.

All videos sent to us by Sunday, 19 September 2021 will be taken into account by a jury consisting of Mr. Timothy Owase (@TimothyOwase1, CEO, Kenya Film Commission), Mr. Ravi Karmalker (expert film maker and CEO, Good Karma Fiction), Ms. Sheila Mwanyigha (@MissMwanyigha CEO, Rembesha Kenya), the German Embassy (@GermanyinKenya) as well as Goethe-Institut Kenya (@Goethe_Kenya).

Among all submissions the jury will select a shortlist consisting of 10 videos being announced after the scheduled closing date.

How can you participate?

Send us your answer as a video together with a signed scan of our Terms and Conditions until 19 September 2021!

Your video has to be between 30 and 180 seconds long, excluding credits. 

All Submissions can be sent via WhatsApp (+254793076611) or via E-Mail to bomoaukuta@nair.diplo.de and kennedy.wambua@opendiplo.de (preferably download or transfer link, maximum email size limited to 10 MB).

Eligible submissions must include a video as well as the signed Terms and Conditions!

Download the Terms and Conditions here.

Find last year's Top 10 #BomoaUkuta participants including the 3 winners on the #BomoaUkuta YouTube channel here.

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