South Sudan does not have a movie theatre
Yes, imagine that. The simple relief of going to the theatre and escaping, does not exist. There was a cinema district in the capital city of Juba with a movie palace but it has since been renovated into a church after years of being inoperable due to conflicts. Streaming services, as the internet is hit or miss, are largely unavailable in the nation. Entertainment in South Sudan which includes the entire community- especially the youth-barely exists.
Pangea Under The Stars aims to bring the cinema experience to South Sudan. A curated, international collective of professionals in a variety of industries and disciplines have assembled to utilize our resources and talent for social good and cultural exchange. The event will be open and gratis to the public (capacity pending). We seek to screen current, as well as classic films, and supplemental educational programming.
Pangea Under The Stars LLC is fiscally sponsored by The Film Collaborative (TFC), a 501(c)3 organization.
Why the Arts?
The arts have been an avenue for societal change and transformation in various countries around the world. We have seen how the music of the likes of Bob Marley transformed Jamaica’s political situation, art exhibits in Slovakia lead way for societal change, and American documentaries have led the way for policy changes in law enforcement and the rule of law abroad through the exposure of specific stories. Providing civil society the avenue of the arts, allows for more effective change in the political and economic viability of a nation because the medium allows for the creation of awareness to general public.
In South Sudan, a fairly new nation, the same struggles of corrupt political systems, failing economic situations and the silencing of the freedom of speech are all evident and the arts are needed more than ever before. Many attempts to change the deplorable situation in South Sudan by attempting to persuade the leadership to make changes have come with little success, meanwhile civil society and grassroots movements remain unsupported. As we all know, for any democracy to thrive, civil society and the general population must be well-informed and encouraged to participate. The arts have been the catalyst needed to inform and encourage the public to engage in nation building. The arts are the missing agents of change in South Sudan. It’s time to provide the people of South Sudan a place to communally laugh, cry, think, and be encouraged to fight for a life of equality and economic success.