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iMANi – (The Ugandan Movie) is on at Cineplex and Around the World

May 11, 2010

A new film created by the talented people at iVAD Productions– one of Artfully AWARE’s friends in Uganda. Written by Dorothee Wenner — Berlin International Film Festival 2010

In the course of just one day, we venture into the lives of three characters within the diverse landscape of contemporary Uganda. “iMANi” provides a refreshing look at Uganda post Idi Amin, post LRA (Lords Resistance Army).

A fresh new talent, director Caroline Kamya, gives us an intimate portrait of the lives of a child soldier, a maid and a hip hop dancer living in Uganda today.

“The film takes place on just a normal day in the Ugandan capital Kampala and in the Gulu province. For three people however, this day is no ordinary one. Mary, who works in the house of a high-society lady, encounters some serious difficulties when she is forced to pay a bribe to save her sister from the clutches of the corrupt police force. Today is also the day that 12-year-old Olweny, who used to be a child soldier, leaves the rehabilitation center to return to his parent’s war-damaged village. And breakdancer Armstrong is putting together a dance performance due to take place in the evening, meaning he is forced to come to a complicated arrangement with a former childhood friend of his, who has since risen through the ranks to become the “Ghetto King”. Although the paths of the three protagonists do not cross, this one day demands an unusual amount of strength from every one of them. On a subliminal level however, the film is also about how living in the Uganda of today obliges you to develop this sort of strength just to survive everyday life there, much like growing a second skin.

“iMANi” is a visual feast of stunning worlds revealing the little known city of Kampala and the formerly war torn region of Gulu providing a unique perspective from this region of Africa.

The blend of popular contemporary local language acoustic and hiphop flavours, alongside traditional African beats carries the narratives, skillfully woven together to form the tapestry of both rural and urban life in Uganda today.

“iMANi” is the debut feature film by award winning director Caroline Kamya and her sister, social anthropologist, Dr Agnes Kamya. “The Kamya Sisters” are the ambitious filmmaking sister act behind Imani.

“Thanks to its highly convincing actors, its feel for portraying class contrast in a visual way, its unspent urban locations and its highly original use of music to aid the narration, Imani can be seen as an outstanding example of new African cinema production”.

For more information, please visit:

Screening times are on the e-card attached and on the website screening section.

  • iVAD Productions Limited
  • PO Box 40382
  • Kampala
  • Uganda
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