Mixed Emotions as Oscar-nominated ‘Kony-Order From Above’ Movie Premieres


Part of the movie cast who attended the premiere.
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The Ugandan-made ‘Kony-Order From Above’ movie premiered in the cinemas on Friday but the screening was met with a mix of excitement and a somber mood.

The movie premiere took place at Century Cinemax Acacia Mall, Kisementi.

The highly attended screening started with red carpet and cocktail at around 6pm before sending revelers that included among others Tooro King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru and Aruu County legislator Odonga Otto to a fun-filled experience.

Steven Ayeny, the movie director thanked Ugandans for the overwhelming attendance.

“The movie premiere was a success, people turned up in large numbers. It became so emotional and it was so hard to hold my tears. I apologize that there was a technical issue that was sorted. I want to thank Uganda, UCC, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Phaneroo, UGarol, APT communications”.

“Wow, it was amazing! People loved it and their response was so positive, King Oyo, some MPs, UPDF, UCC guys were all there. It was the powerful premier expected, the cinema hall was too full, some people stood, others sat on the carpet,” said Simon Nyahahuma, one of the people who watched the movie.

“Very inspiring. By God’s Grace I am buying another 10 tickets for people,” a one Joe Rwabose noted.

Despite the excitement, a somber mood found its way into the hearts of the merrymakers when it was disclosed that Chanpapo Godfrey who played the role of Kony was unable to evidence the successful story of the movie he acted; he passed on last year.

The premiere was also used to honour the fallen star. Chanpapo’s relative who described the deceased as a fighter revealed that he died of organ failure.

Ayeny described the actor as a man with so much talent, passion and calmness both on screen and in real life.

“The screening became so emotional and it was so hard to hold my tears.” “So sad Mr Kony passed on. Very emotional moment at the end,” said Comfort Asimwe.

Meanwhile, the movie is still in cinemas for six more consecutive days till September 26, 2019.

Kony-Order From Above was selected by the Uganda Academy Selection Committee (USASC) as Uganda’s official entry for the 2020 Oscar Awards in the category of Best International film.

This marked the very first time Uganda is submitting an entry to the prestigious awards following the launch of the seven-member UASC in July this year.

Given out annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in the United States of America (USA), the Oscars are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.

According to Godfrey Musinguzi, UASC Chairperson, the seven day screening is part of the eligibility criteria, a selected movie needs to undergo ahead of the October 1, 2019 Oscar submission deadline for all country entries.

“We implore all the relevant government agencies, cultural entities, the media and every Ugandan to support the film to meet all its outstanding requirements, including showing at the cinema for at least seven consecutive days, before the deadline,” said Musinguzi.

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