Film makers set for a get together party  

Ugandan film makers are set to host a mix and mingle party next month. The party is slated to take place at Tipsybull formerly Istanbul at Social Security House on Jinja Road. Actress Faridah Kuteesa Ali aka confirmed to us that the party is going to be massive with tickets at 15,000.

“What is life without film??  What is life without a story?? It’s not about what you think, it’s about what you learn from us. This is we and we are here to stay we are the Ugandan film makers.

The king already got her ticket what are you still waiting for come let us mix and mingle. #Fmm3 #bendabookings #roadtainmentpictures,” Farshee posted.

‘I Am Human’ movie set to premiere

A new movie is set for premiere next month, we have learnt. The movie titled ‘I Am Human’ features hot actresses like Pretty Katende, Esther Komweru both formerly of Deception, actor Edris Lubega and many others. It will premiere on 16th December 2016 at Imperial Royale Hotel.

“Our dears, i am here to remind you about 16th December join us at Imperial Royale Hotel as we premiere our new movie #Iam human which has actresses like me, Esther Komweru, Edris Lubega and many others,” Pretty Katende said.

The premiere is a red carpet experience and to attend you have to part with 20k ordinary, 50k VIP and 500k for a table. Doors open at 5pm.

The movie action is about Domestic Violence, Peer Groups for girls, children violence and love to mention but a few

Award winning Actress/Producer Farshee produces an abstract political film

By Kizito Samuel Saviour

From winning a number of accolades and getting several nominations both locally and internationally for her amazing acting on screen, Faridah Kuteesa aka Farshee upgraded to producer under her production company Roadtainment Pictures, where she produced a short film “5 seconds” in the year 2016, alongside running her production company she has been featuring in selected Ugandan films through 2016 and part of 2017.

In January 2017 she embarked on a journey of shooting yet another film “The Office” based on a story she got from an old lady from some village in Uganda. She spent one and a half years preparing this story from script to production phase.

“The Office” is based on a story of a first lady who misuses her office to satisfy her own desires regardless of what harm she does to the nationals.

“I shot it as a short film in order to source for funders or executive producers to finance the full feature version of it…” Farshee explains to the blog.

Rumor has it that this short film was expected to be out to public late this year but it was stopped and taken in for review to confirm whether its not hitting the government in any negative way, however we got a chance to get a few behind the scenes pictures of the film from the Producer herself as seen below:

The film is directed by the multi-award winning director Mageye Hassan starring Nodryn Evanci, Edison Keith Abitegeka, Multi-Award Winning Actor Mutebi Farooq, Edris Loubega, Pretty Katende, Doreen Rovince, Faridah Nabagereka, Williams Ndawula, Lubanjuma Francis and Faridah Kuteesa Farshee who also wrote and produced it. Special Effects Make Up was done by Sserunya Kaddu Ernest, Field Sound by Imran Musabbeh and Lighting by Lubanjuma Francis, shot by Bobic Sserunjogi

Its reported that after the making of this film, Faridah Kuteesa Farshee has been put on hold from making or featuring in any other productions until ‘The Office” is approved safe for release in the country.

We are looking out for more details regarding Faridah Kuteesa Farshee in relation to this film.

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.