Imba Means [More Than] Sing

The filmmakers used an unobtrusive documentary style to film Imba Means Sing. By doing this they truly captured the real moments such as the performances and the children’s’ interactions between each other. They also shot on the children’s’ eye level so instead of looking down on the young kids they were on the same level. This prevented the insinuation of looking down upon children or even further African children. It makes us feel equal and youthful as if we are one of their friends that are looking in the eye talking to instead of us towering over them and looking down on them throughout the film.

It is great to see that the children’s’ voices were heard throughout the movie, not only by song but also by the limitation of adult voices. Their culture is displayed by juxtaposing American lifestyle and cuisine to that in Uganda. It is also shown through their songs and outfits when they perform. I think there’s been a rise in organizations like the African Children’s Choir since people find as many similarities as they can to feel like insiders rather than outsiders. Connections like aspiring to be a pilot or a chef are collective dreams that any race or ethnicity has. Imba Means Sing was more than a film about a choir of African children on tour. It was a film that shared culture at the same time reminding us that no matter what country we are from we all have dreams and passions.

 

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