In 2008 and 2010, William D. Caballero traveled to Uganda and interviewed individuals of all ages and backgrounds throughout the capital, Kampala. Moved by their personal stories, Speak! was created to raise awareness to the ongoing struggles facing former child soldiers, war orphans, and gay rights activists in East Africa today.
Speak! is a fusion of three different elements; visuals, live music, and human rights advocacy. Visually, recorded HD interviews are edited to form a 60-minute documentary, blended with computer-generated special effects and text animation. Musically, 18 live musicians (strings, woodwinds, vocals, and African percussion) perform to a score that combines western minimalism with East African rhythms. Finally, these two elements are assembled to form a narrative concert presentation. Some memorable scenes include a poetry reading from an orphaned Ugandan girl yearning for a better life and better way to live, to fierce visual collages featuring clippings from homophic newspapers. Taken in its entirety, the performance uses the eclectic power of the arts to open the eyes of it’s viewer to the issues that face humanity today.
for more information, contact William D. Caballero at: firstname.lastname@example.org