Kony Character in the new movie Kony ‘Order from Above’ dies

Chanpapo Godfrey, the guy who played Kony character in the Kony movie ‘Order from Above’ has passed on, we can confirm.

“He fought the good fight even when he was sick he still pushed on until his organs failed him, Said a relative on letting Steve Ayeny, the movie director of Kony Order from Above know that *Chanpapo Godfrey* our KONY had passed on.

A man with so much talent, so much passion and calmness both on screen and in real life.

Although we cannot hear your voice or see your smiling face anymore we know you have gone to a better place and you remain dear to our hearts for if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

We are sad that you had to go soo soon. But deep down we know you are in a better place now and the angels are singing that even they too can share your talent.

RIP Chanpapo Godfrey

Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGqEJrJO73I

Award winning new Kony Movie Exposes Dark Secrets about the Long Fought War in Uganda

The  Drama Exposes Kony’s Love Secrets during the Lord’s Resistance Army Insurgency In Uganda

Award winning new Kony movie “Kony: Order from Above” has exposed new dark secrets of the two decade insurgency, fought in north of Uganda between the National Resistance Army and Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.

This movie drama based on actual happenings tells a story of two youth, Otti and Aguti who fall in love during the tumultuous northern Uganda Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency. They are however separated when Otti is abducted at age 11. While in abduction, Otti attempts to escape back home and is instead caught and battered at each attempt.

He decides to stay in the bush with the LRA rebels and is soon introduced into the inner command circle of notorious LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony’s. Despite his concession to notoriety, his love for Aguti remained undeterred.  In an attempt to sustain it, Otti wrote letters to Aguti through the village reverend. During the LRA raid to Aboke Girls School, Aguti and other girls are then abducted.

Upon arrival at the Kony camp, the abductees are shown to Kony who falls love with Aguti instantly without knowledge of the relationship between her and Otti. This teaser trailer reveals a picture of love, loss and hope https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGqEJrJO73I

Sharon O stars in Dangerous Desires

Singer and former Big Brother Africa star Sharon Salmon popularly known as Sharon O is back on our screens. The sexy actress has acted in a new soap titled ‘Dangerous Desires’ which premiered a few weeks ago on BBS Terefayina.

Sharon O acts as Giselle in the soap. The soap is aired on BBS on Sundays at 7.30pm with a repeat on Saturday at 6:30pm.

The soap is sponsored by Riham Cola, the best soft drink at the moment.

Mbithi Masya’s award-winning Kenyan film ‘Kati Kati’ now streaming in Uganda on Showmax 

  • Winner of six international awards, including Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics at Toronto and Best East African Film, AMVCA
  • Debut film from Just A Band’s Mbithi Masya
  • Fifth film by One Fine Day (‘Soul Boy,’ ‘Nairobi Half Life’)
  • “A condensed version of Lost” The Playlist

Mbithi Masya’s multi-award-winning debut feature, Kati Kati, is now streaming in Uganda on Showmax. When Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga), a young amnesiac, wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she has no idea how she got there. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma (Elsaphan Njora). As Kaleche strikes up a quick and intense friendship with him, she discovers that there’s a lot more to Thoma and the mysterious Kati Kati.

At Toronto International Film Festival, the Kenyan film won the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery program. The FIPRESCI jury called Masya “an exciting and unique new voice in cinema” and praised Kati Kati’s “generous and poetic tone, not without a degree of anger at personal and political injustice.”

Reviewing Kati Kati at AFI, The Playlist hailed it as “vibrant and exciting… A condensed version of Lost… A small movie about big ideas… Plays like an act of discovery… An original, vibrant and exciting statement from a talented filmmaker who clearly has much more to say.”

Having been screened at over 40 festivals globally, Kati Kati was named Best East African Film at the 2017 Africa Movie Viewers Choice Awards and also won the New Voices/New Visions Award Special Mention at the Palm Springs International Festival; the Filmpris at the CinemAfrica Film Festival in Stockholm; and the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2017 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival.

Kati Kati is the fifth film by One Fine Day, the Kenyan production company co-founded by German director Tom Twyker (Run Lola Run, Perfume). Previous One Fine Day films include Soul Boy (Audience Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival) and Nairobi Half Life (Audience Award, AFI Fest).

Masya made his name as one-third of the cult Kenyan group Just A Band, while his music videos have been featured everywhere from The New York Times to Fader to Huffington Post. Kati Kati is his first film.

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAxK1RRyul0

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New Kony movie wins Zanzibar award

Acclaimed Ugandan filmmaker Ayeny T. Steve, walked away with 1000$ for his movie “KONY: Order from above” He won the Best East African Talent award at this year’s Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF). A festival, established in 1997 aimed at developing and promoting film and other cultural industries, held annually in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The award winning film is yet to be premiered in his home country Uganda, but has already received international acclaim for its depiction of renowned LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony and his negative impact on the people of Northern Uganda.  A feat that is worth recognition and praise of the young filmmaker’s talent.

The plot centers around two lovers caught in the conflict of war and the choice between love and duty. The male lead, Otti, is abducted by the LRA at the age of 11 and is raised as a rebel with no room of escape. Despite the circumstances, his love for Aguti remains. In an effort to keep in touch with her, he writes and delivers letters through the village reverend – only to be discovered by the rebels who raid and abduct everyone from the girl’s school she’s in. Upon arrival at the rebel camp, the abductees are paraded before Kony whose interest falls upon Aguti without knowledge of the relationship between her and Otti. It’s a story that will paint a picture of the north in ways you’ve never seen before. A picture of love, loss and hope.

“Kony: Order From Above was comprised of a 445 member cast and crew. I may be unable to Mention All Their Names, but I am deeply humbled by their dedication and hard work that saw this film become the icon it now is.  May God bless you abundantly and breathe life into the works of your hands. You all did A Great Job, and the world has recognized you for it. I Dedicate This beautiful Award to the People of Northern Uganda Who endured the Brutality from Joseph Kony and his LRA rebels. You are your own heroes. It’s Time for Us to Tell Our Stories. Many thanks go To All Filmmakers in Uganda for not giving up despite the many challenges in our film industry. Let us Use Our Skills to Speak for Our Country Uganda,” Ayeny Steve said in a Facebook post.

A scene from the movie

The Award is a great inspiration to Ugandan Filmmakers whose efforts have often gone unnoticed by international award ceremonies such as ZIFF, and brings with it hope for any future projects that may tell a similar or better tale of Uganda’s social, political and economic strife. Congratulations to Ayeny, Atonga Media team and the entire Ugandan film industry for this achievement.

Interview: Laura Kahunde talks about her role in NTV Second Chance Series

 Actress Laura Kahunde is one of the actors of the new NTV Uganda Series ‘Second Chance’ where she acts as Angela. The sister to singer Juliana Kanyomozi was a few weeks unveiled as the chic who was acting in mask.

Showbiz Uganda (SB) sat her down and this is what she had to say about her role in the series. Read on…

Laura Kahunde

SB: How did you get onto the second chance?
Laura: I was contacted by the creative director, Who was looking for a replacement for the former actress of the role of Angella Byekwaso. When I met up with and auditioned for her, she told me i was what she was looking for. She also explained that the former actress ( Fabiola) had a busier schedule that involved a lot of traveling so for the good of the project she gave it up.

SB: Why did you opt for that role?
Laura: I dint have to opt for it, i feel like God had predestined me for the particular role, that is why there was one spot and I am grateful it came along.

SB: Tell us about the feeling got when acting in the mask
Laura: Being wrapped in the bandages was quite uncomfortable and talking was not that easy, but it’s what we actors do, we take on another person’s situation and live it. I imagined what it would feel like to go through this after getting burnt. I also imagined there could be someone going through it now, how do i tell their story!

SB: How did you feel about the role?
Laura: I empathised with the character Angella Byekwaso, i felt sorry that she had to go through that, and that’s how i was able to settle into being her. You have to feel the emotions of the character then u can understand how to be them.

SB: What challenges did you face?
Laura: Most of the challenges i faced came on the day my face was revealed on TV. I was very nervous i even forgot some of the lines for the scenes i was doing that day. Also some of the fans dint welcome me because they realised Anita was not portraying the role anymore. However they started coming round within a few days.

SB: What should your dear fans expect from you?
Laura: What my fans should expect is getting the entertainment they deserve. My music will also be coming out sometime this year, they should look out for it.

SB: What is your comment about your Uganda film industry?
Laura: The film industry in Uganda is very promising. We have come a long way and part of the public has not been very kind, we do need their support. They have to remember that Hollywood and Nollywood were not built in a day, they need to be patient with us.

Cleopatra Koheirwe stars in a Netflix series

Adopted from guru8.net

Actress Cleopatra Koheirwe is at again after a series of films and dramas she acted in previously. After shining in The Last King of Scotland and many other productions as an actress, Cleopatra Koheirwe has once again starred in an even bigger production with American streaming media and video-on-demand online company, Netflix.

Cleopatra Koheirwe one of Uganda’s finest actresses featured in a cameo in Netflix’s Sense8 series when she appeared as a mother to one of the children during a riot in Kenya where the scene was taken in season 2.

It’s not an everyday thing that a Ugandan stars in a high profiled series as on Netflix but here we are with Cleopatra raising the flag high. Sense8 is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski for Netflix.

Although she doesn’t have any major role in the movie, her appearance makes her the first Ugandan actor to appear in a Netflix series.

Stella Mwangi’s “Big Girl” Picked As Soundtrack For Hollywood Film “Rough Night” Feat. Scarlet Johansson

It’s the year of Stella Mwangi! Her smash hit – BIG GIRL off her self- titled EP has been picked as the official trailer soundtrack for Hollywood film Rough Night starring mega star Scarlet Johansson.

The movie is set to premier in theatres (16th June 2017). This is a major milestone for the multi-talented Kenyan – Norwegian artiste who has been making Hollywood headlines with her EP since its release in 2016. Stella is the first Kenyan to have her music featured in several Hollywood projects.

Stella Mwangi

From BET’s Being Mary Jane to FOX’s Rosewood, Stella continues to receive Hollywood certification and this move has guaranteed more recognition for Stella Mwangi in terms of the Hollywood film community and key placements.

Here’s the Rough Night Trailer featuring BIG GIRL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4ae1928XTY

An elated Stella announced the news via her Facebook profile on Monday 8th May: “I am excited to confirm that ‘Big Girl’ off my latest EP Album #StellaMwangi is soundtrack to Hollywood movie #RoughtNightMovie starring Scarlet Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer,” adding “Check outroughnightmovie.com for ticket details.”

BIG GIRL, the first single off the EP is a certified club hit with Stella’s distinct and authentic hip hop flow. In 2016, the song was leased to Donut Media – an American production that specializes in producing TV and YouTube content on the freshest car, motorsports, supercars, auto news and car and prank videos every week.

Weekends-only series pop-up channel on DStv Premium. “M-Net Binge”

Do you belong to the TV tribe who get all antsy when the end credits of your favorite series start to roll?  Because, instead of waiting for another week, you want to watch the entire show in ONE go. If so, reach out for the record button on your DStv remote control, because soon you’ll be able to binge like never before!

M-Net and MultiChoice have whipped up another special treat for fans of international television series: a brand new, weekends-only “record channel” called M-Net Binge. From Saturday 6 May M-Net Binge will give DStv Premium customers across the African continent the opportunity to record and an entire season of top-notch shows that proved to be addictive viewing when they were screened on channels such as  M-Net, M-Net Edge and VUZU App.

M-Net CEO Yolisa Phaahle at The Road telenovela launch

M-Net Binge will be live on DStv’s channel 900 on Saturdays and Sundays between 21:30 CAT and approximately 05:00 CAT the next morning with back-to-back episodes of the selected series for the weekend. Viewers who opt to record these shows will thus be able to create their own box sets of shows on their decoders to enjoy when it suits them best.

While themed binge weekends – like a Shonda Rhimes breakaway or Superhero take-over or period drama indulgence – are on the cards, M-Net Binge will offer a special lead-up to the much-anticipated worldwide arrival of the reboot of Twin Peakson Tuesday 23 May.  On Saturday 6 May, M-Net Binge will bring you all nine episodes of the first season of David Lynch’s iconic crime drama. Thereafter, Season 2 of the eerie Twin Peaks, comprising a total of 23 episodes, will come your way in three batches on Sunday 7 May, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May respectively.

During the rest of May, recent highly acclaimed series such as Big Little Lies, with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman leading a powerhouse female cast, and HBO’s masterly crafted The Night Of will form part of the M-Net Binge offering.

“In the ever-changing world of television,  binge watching has become a worldwide phenomenon.  This channel gives viewers a chance to binge  on their favourite series” says M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle. “M-Net’s  successful movie pop-up channels have shown that our Premium viewers love themed and curated content and M-Net Binge is an exciting initiative for series fans to catch up with the best of the best shows that they may have missed or want to watch again. This means that our viewers can clearly distinguish between  channels built around fresh content like M-Net with its extended prime-time that runs between 06:00 Am CAT until midnight and channels that speak to viewer convenience, ” explains Phahle.

DStv Premium customers will be able to set their M-Net Binge recordings as soon as the EPG becomes available, which is usually eight days before the day of broadcast. You can choose to either record the entire series to compile your own box set or record individual episodes.