A young goatherd in northern Uganda yearns to be able to read and write. But the odds are stacked against him. Forty years ago, tribal elders buried a pen, placing a curse on the written word. ‘Unearthing the Pen’ is an intimate portrait of a boy’s struggle to reconcile tradition with his desire to learn.
Carol Salter is a graduate of the National Film and Television School. Since then she has worked as a freelance director and film editor. For the last fifteen years she has combined her passion for editing on various award winning shorts, features, and documentaries with directing her own films. Filmography: ‘Mayomi’ (2008), ‘Another Day in Angola’ (2005), ‘Sunday’ (1997), ‘Missing the Traffic’ (1996), ‘Dance With Me’ (1998), ‘Pond Life’ (1995).
Unearthing the Pen
Uganda, Great Britain
2009, 13', color, video
Carol Salter, Emiliano Battista
Rock Salt Films