By Collins Kakwezi
The Forbidden, an extraordinary story of endless pain, shattered dreams and unfortunate coincidences, carried the day at the Amakula International Film Festival’s Golden Impala Awards, after winning the prize for Best Feature Film.
The film, produced by Samuel Saviour Kizito, tells the story of a young smart girl, whose education is interrupted by lack of school fees. Following her mother’s death, she gets a job as a maid to make ends meet, but ends up getting raped and infected by HIV by her long lost, and unknown to her father.
The tragic story of Dian, the hapless shool girl, convinced the three man jury of Andrew Kaggwa, Cristiano Civitillo and Lucky Lora Atwiine to hand over the prestigious award to the film.
The newly created category of Best Student Film was won by Kampala Film School’s Grace Nabisenke, whose film Idi Amin’s Boat bore testament to the progress the film school is making in training film professionals.
In other awards, Jethro X Jethro won Best Documentary, while a Ghanaian/Austrian story by Sandra Krampelhuber, titled Accra Power was voted the best documentary, disappointing many who had expected Jordan Ndawula’s Arthur to win.
The Awards ceremony kicked off with a cocktail, as guests were treated to snacks and a few drinks. The ceremony was officially opened by the curators, Polly Kamukama and Faisal Kiweewa, who then invited the judges to deliver their verdict on the Awards.
Jury member Andrew Kaggwa acknowledged the quality of the films, but said the jury had reservations over the desire by many directors to centralize roles.
“It’s difficult for someone to be the writer, Director, producer and actor at the same time and perfect these roles.”, Kaggwa said.
He advised film makers to research a lot before making projects if they are to come out with quality films.