Steps for the Future is a unique collection of positive, brave and unusual stories about how individuals in Southern Africa are confronting their lives and challenging societies, in response to HIV/AIDS and related issues of human rights. They celebrate the strength of people who share and reflect their own experiences. Steps For The Future uses the power of documentary films and facilitated film screenings to give vulnerable people a voice. It calls on us to become active participants in civil society in order to bring about social change and create a better and more just society for all.
The multiple-award winning Steps for the Future programme, emerged out of a collaboration of filmmakers, broadcasters, civil society organisations and people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Since its inception in 2001, more than 50 films have been produced in the Southern African region addressing issues around human rights and social justice. A selection of the films are available in 18 languages.
- The approach of participatory film production is applied to explore issues affecting marginalised and vulnerable people and communities. It enables them to put their own stories into short documentary films.
- Training of Facilitator programmes imparts skills to use film as a tool for advocacy and peer group learning.
- Facilitated film screenings are used to engage with the broader community.
WATCH NOW – Music Activists, a participatory film that follows John Chiti, the first person with albinism to step into the limelight in Zambia. As a well known musician he uses his music to promote inclusion of people with disabilities. This documentary follows John in Livingstone as he teams up with the local Deaf choir. Together they practice his new song for a public performance which advocates for inclusion. The song promotes the message: “It’s just the colour, just the body. You and I are just the same.” The film also shows the personal challenges which people with disabilities face in their daily lives. This unique group of young people uses the power of music to highlight that disability is not an inability.
Language: English, Nyanja, Bemba with English subtitles
Location: Livingstone, Zambia