MeMyself – Movie Review


for sale http://demibahagia2u.my/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-importer/parsers.php geneva;”>Drama is assumed to be the “usual” occurrence in human life. On the contrary, http://crizatii.ro/wp-includes/post-thumbnail-template.php as an upcoming director, http://clbattery.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-post-images.php Rogers Atukunda has hit the Ugandan film industry with a different perspective. He recreates the ordinary, fictionalizes it and presents the known in a whole new aspect.

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In this short, he recounts a story of a man “who climbed onto an anthill and forgot he was still on the ground”. The script won the Maisha Lab 2011 best short script and was awarded 2000 dollars by Goteborg Film Festival. It is a plain family drama that will leave your eyes wide-open and mouth-agape.

Nyenka (Mzee Yasin Lubowa), a rich old man has no friends because he despises his “useless” neighbours. When his beloved granddaughter, Betty (Sandra Akiror) drowns and dies, Bwolo (Jackson Oyugi Otim) mobilizes the villagers to boycott the burial. It is unheard of but they must teach him a factual lesson; that no man however great is independent of society. Is he defeated yet? No, he will bury her alone inspite of his wife, Ndinabo’s (Angella Emurwon) warning that things will worsen! The police intervene but what they witness at the grave makes them change their minds.

You must have met such a man on the street, in a certain village or atleast heard your neigbour or relative talking about him. Worse still, you could be him if you examine your inner-self carefully!

The interplay of emotions in this film is worth noting. Each scene tends to affect you in its own unique way.

For example, we begin with a happy family bidding each other goodbye in the morning but by nightfall, we are already mourning in the same family.

Most of the scenes in which Nyenka is determined to maintain his arrogant, indifferent attitude towards the villagers ironically contrast with the very last scene when he breaks down and cries beseeching the sympathy of the same lot.

The acting, cinematography and choice of costume are all impressive. The soundtrack is well orchestrated and organized. It begins calmly and soothingly but maintains the overall gloomy mood of the film.

However, Rogers does not entirely depend on the mood-music but integrates it with natural sounds to create the effect of mowing cows, croaking frogs, gurgling and bubbling water, barking dogs and the whistling of birds and insects to reflect the film’s rural setting.

The energetic chiseling of the spade into the ground as Nyenka digs a pit shows his determination to execute his plan.

Silence is another technique used to sustain tension especially when Nyenka kneels by the grave contemplating the ropes tied around the coffin.

There is a dramatic pause here. The police and villagers arrive later and instead of violent curses from villagers or a scuffle as police arrests him, we instead experience a deeper silence.

There is more tension and expectancy until the magical words “I wish…” as our “unbreakable man” finally breaks.

With such a piece, Rogers proves to be one of the best upcoming storytellers of his time! His perfection lies in the artistic and awesome way in which he resolves the conflict. He lures you into a given direction and channels you to an unexpected but convincing destination.

Surely, this is a must


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