The Ugandan movie industry might have just found that major missing link. With ‘The Forbidden’, a movie that was directed by African Academy nominee director Kizito Samuel Saviour, there is only much that the industry is set to achieve and the inspiration is being spread to schools and local communities.

Kizito Samuel Saviour, the Director of ‘The Forbidden’

Following its monthly achievements, The Forbidden Movie hype started off at the beginning of 2018 with hundreds of people flocking the movie premiere at Club Obilgato on 9th February. The Executive Director of the Foundations for Human Rights Initiative, Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana, officiated the successful movie premiere.

The Forbidden is the first Ugandan feature film to win the Golden Impala award as the Best Feature Film Award at the 11th Amakula International Film Festival in March. Through the month of April, the movie received an official selection to compete in Ghana’s Golden Movie Awards 2018. In May, the movie was nominated in 13 categories with 9 people of the cast and crew also achieving nominations.  This month already, Nodryn Evanci, also part of the crew, has won the Golden Makeup Artist Award.

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Despite other various spectacular movies with exceptional talents, The Forbidden is reported to be the first Ugandan movie to make such progress in competitions outside Uganda. It was also selected and nominated to compete at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in the Golden Dhow – Best Feature Film Category which is the top most category of the competition.

The movie edged many other Ugandan movies with research showing that out of the 55 films submitted to ZIFF from Uganda, it’s the only film that made it through the feature films selection to join other international films. With all the progress registered, the success is being shared to inspire the young generation in schools and other communities.

This June, The CEO of the Red Pictures Production Company and the producer of The Forbidden, Ms. Claire Nampala, formed a partnership with Go Girl Africa (GGA), a Non-Governmental Organization that empowers women and girls, to effect the screening of this trending movie to schools and communities. The film will be used as an educational tool to students, both boys and girls, and in communities to inspire them in becoming useful and influential people in the country.

The first screenings are expected to commence on 1st July in selected high schools and communities around Uganda. Schools in the Central and Eastern region of the country are expected to have benefited from the initiative by the third quarter of the year. Schools like St. Lawrence London College Schools, Mariam High school, Nabisunsa Girls School, most schools around Mbale and many more have been shortlisted for these screenings.

The Forbidden movie still awaits more achievements as the team anticipates its participation in; Nigeria’s African Movie Academy Awards, Canada’s Montreal Black International Film Festival, Germany’s African Film Festival Munich, and so many more where it has been officially selected to participate.

Maybe we can finally be proud of our local movies, and use them for our own inspiration as well.

Congratulations to the team behind all this, job well done!

Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!

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