From Ghetto to Parliament

Thimaud de Driesen

Netherlands, The, Uganda 2019, 58 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English, Local languages

Subtitles: English

World premiere

Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, is a successful musician and, more importantly, a freedom fighter from Uganda. From the slums he works his way up to become an elected representative in national parliament, where his outspokenness sets him apart… and gets him into trouble. Meanwhile, he continues to champion a better and more just Uganda.

Synopsis

Current political leaders in Uganda do not like the social criticism of reggae artist Bobi Wine. They are therefore ‘not amused’ when he wins a seat in parliament. Corruption, violence and intimidation are rife in Ugandan society, as testified by the incumbent president’s plans to change the Constitution to abolish the age limit for presidents and stay on for another term.

During the vote on the constitutional amendment, the president turns out to be bribed and all his political opponents are forcefully removed from parliament by a group of armed men. However, Wine receives international media coverage as he posts uplifting messages on social media aimed at his supporters. He also conveys his political message during his concerts, which wins him the support of a large group of young constituents. Yet abuse of power and violence thwart this passionate musician’s ambitions and his struggle for democracy and freedom in Uganda.

Credits

Talkshows & debates

Premiere: From Ghetto to Parliament: Introduction by Thimaud de Driesen

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 14:00

A brief introduction by director Thimaud de Driesen prior to the premiere screening of his film From Ghetto to Parliament

Premiere: From Ghetto to Parliament: Q&A with filmmaker Thimaud de Driesen and producer Solomon M.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 14:00

After the film director Thimaud de Driesen and producer Solomon M. will speak about making the film.

From Ghetto to Parliament: Q&A with director Thimaud de Driesen

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 19:00

After the film journalist Marlies Pilon speaks with director Thimaud de Driesen nd producer Solomon M. about making the film.

From Ghetto to Parliament: Q&A with director Thimaud de Driesen

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 16:45

After the film journalist Arne Doornebal speaks with director Thimaud de Driesen and producer Solomon M. about making the film.

From Ghetto to Parliament: Q&a with director Thimaud de Driesen

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 19:30

After the film there will be a Q&A session with director Thimaud de Driesen and producer Solomon M.