Perspectives on Pastoralism Film Festival: Mining Threats in Pastoralist Areas

25 Jun 2021

The Perspectives on Pastoralism Film Festival seeks to deepen understanding of how diverse peoples sustain their livelihoods from extensive livestock production. The relationships between pastoralist people, animals and their food production systems reflect an intimate intertwining of culture, economy and ecology in harsh environments, such as Africa’s drylands, where the mobility of animals plays a key role. Films of multiple genres – spanning documentary, narrative and experimental – made by pastoralists and/or about pastoralists offer different insights into issues important to pastoralists.

This first session starts with an introductory animation film (CELEP 2021). Then, we will feature the film UnderMining Uganda (Karamoja Development Forum 2017), which shows the negative impacts upon pastoralists in the Karamoja region 20 years since the start of industrial mining. This film explores the reasons why the industry is far from contributing to socioeconomic gains in this largely pastoral region. Worse, it is contributing to massive land grabs that are undermining the livelihoods of pastoralists and other inhabitants of the area.

To contextualize the film, Loupa Pius from DADO – the Dynamic Agro-pastoralist Development Organization (DADO) Kaabong – will share his experiences and insights and will answer audience questions. He is also co-chair of the regional group in Eastern & Southern Africa supporting the International Year of Rangelands & Pastoralists ( that has been put forward in the United Nations.

A second edition of the Perspectives on Pastoralism Film Festival will be launched in 2022. And you can be part of it! New films may now be submitted using the link(s) below: 

Author: Karamoja Development Forum

Publisher: Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP)

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): agropastoralism, land grabbing, livelihoods, mining, nomadism, pastoralism, traditional knowledge, transhumance

Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands

Location(s): Africa

  • Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP)

  • Loupa Pius

    Dynamic Agro-pastoralist Development Organization (DADO) Kaabong, Uganda and CELEP Member