Artists and politicians applaud Bobiwine for his “Bobiwine, the People’s president” documentary

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Artists and politicians applaud Bobiwine for his “Bobiwine, the People’s president” documentary
Robert Kyagulanyi

The impact of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobiwine, continues to reverberate globally as his documentary "Bobiwine, the People’s President" receives prestigious accolades. Since its debut in 2021, the documentary has captivated audiences worldwide, shedding light on critical issues facing Uganda and garnering widespread approbation.

Highlighting the significance of this documentary, dubbed "Bobiwine, the People's President," Bobiwine's endeavour transcends borders, resonating with audiences beyond Uganda's shores. The film's portrayal of Uganda's struggles for freedom and dignity has struck a chord with viewers, earning recognition at various international film festivals and awards ceremonies.

The journey of "Bobiwine, the People's President" began with its premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) Audience Awards in New York, USA, in October 2022 even before its launch in September 2023.

Since then, it has received accolades including the Bronze Goal for Best Film on Human Rights and the Audience Award at the 2023 Millennium International Documentary Film Festival in Brussels, Belgium. Additionally, it was honoured at the 39th International Documentary Association (IDA) Documentary Awards in December 2023 and the 17th Cinema Eye Honours Awards in New York in January 2024.

The latest recognition, was the Dove for The Political Film of the Year by the Cinema for Peace Foundation in Berlin, Germany, on February 19, 2024. As anticipation builds, the documentary was also nominated for the upcoming Oscars in March 2024.

However, amidst the celebration, Bobiwine and his team remain committed to their cause, using the documentary as a platform to advocate for change and hold the Ugandan government accountable. The leader of the opposition Joel Ssenyonyi says the documentary has furthered their cry against state agonies and human rights abuses on international stages, beyond press conferences.

Voices within the entertainment industry, including Nubian Li and Eddy Ssendi, emphasize the documentary's role in promoting Uganda’s art industry hence creating and strengthening International connections.

While the accolades affirm the documentary's impact, its creators view it as more than just a symbol of recognition. For them, it represents a beacon of hope and a catalyst for social change.

Bobiwine's foray into filmmaking began as an extension of his activism, following his transition from a musician to a political figure in 2017. Despite facing challenges and opposition, his dedication to using his platform for social and political reform remains unwavering.

As "Bobiwine, the people's President," continues to garner acclaim, its message resonates louder than ever, igniting conversations and inspiring action on a global scale.

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