EXCLUSIVE: Nationwide Geographic Documentary Movies is returning its Oscar-shortlisted documentary Bobi Wine: The Individuals’s President to pick cinemas over the Martin Luther King Jr. vacation weekend.
The movie directed by Moses Bwayo and Christopher Sharp will play at IFC Heart in New York, the Laemmle Monica Movie Heart in Santa Monica, CA, and San Francisco’s Presidio Theatre from Friday by way of Sunday, overlapping with a part of the nomination voting interval for the 96th Academy Awards. On Tuesday, Bwayo and Sharp earned DGA Awards nominations for Excellent Directorial Achievement in Directing for his or her movie, which facilities on Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine, who dared to run for president in opposition to his nation’s dictator, Gen. Yoweri Museveni.
Bobi Wine: The Individuals’s President just lately received the IDA Documentary Award for Greatest Documentary Characteristic and has earned prime prizes on the Hamptons Worldwide Movie Competition and Unbiased Movie Competition of Boston. It’s nominated for 3 awards at this Friday’s Cinema Eye Honors in New York. Wine has additionally been named to the Cinema Eye Honors’ Unforgettables listing of the 12 months’s most exceptional figures in documentary movie.
“Born within the slums of Kampala, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, famously referred to as Bobi Wine, is a musician turned politician who’s the present chief of the Nationwide Unity Platform (NUP) and the Individuals Energy Motion,” notes a launch concerning the movie. “He has campaigned for hospital sanitization, malaria prevention, refugees’ rights and youngsters’s training. His songs are referred to as peaceable protests and edutainment (a mixture between training and leisure), specializing in the struggles of Uganda’s underprivileged and low-income earners and calling upon younger folks to affix politics and alter their nation’s future.”
At nice threat to his life, Wine has opposed Gen. Museveni, ruler of Uganda for the reason that Eighties. Museveni and his son, Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, face potential fees from the Worldwide Prison Court docket for alleged crimes in opposition to humanity.
“Bobi Wine is a brave African chief dedicated to bringing democracy and equality to the folks of Uganda,” stated Carolyn Bernstein, EVP of Scripted and Documentary Movies for Nationwide Geographic. “A rerelease of Bobi Wine: The Individuals’s President over the vacation weekend is the proper alternative to honor his heroism. We’re devoted to sharing this movie with the widest viewers doable as a way to urgently spotlight Bobi’s inspiring combat for freedom.”
Bwayo and Sharp stated in an announcement, “We’re thrilled audiences in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco may have one other likelihood to observe the movie in theaters and to be taught extra about what’s occurring in Uganda.”
The administrators added, “As documentary filmmakers, we have been lucky sufficient to be given the chance to narrate occasions that may result in transformation. Our purpose in making this movie was to create an genuine illustration, not simply of the dramatic occasions unfolding in Uganda but in addition of the uncooked and real spirit of an inspiring group of individuals. In a world that presently feels extra tyrannical than ever, the place fact has turn into expendable. Now we have an obligation to have fun those that stand in opposition to violence and supply hope within the face of autocracy.”