Genre : Drama
Type : Animation
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2010
Format : Short

Experimental, political puppet animation is a remarkable exception in African cinema. Made with patience and barely contained rage.

This story, innovatively told using puppets, relates an event whereby soldiers locked 69 people in a train and set fire to it. Later on, a cyclist returns to his village to look for a cassette tape that contains the voices of the victims.

directed by Peter Tukei Muhumuza.
Uganda 2010, 22'30'', DV, colour and b/w

Director: Peter Muhumuza Tukei
Producer: Abbie Heffelfinger (Rural)
Sales: Rural
Print source: Rural
Scenario: Peter Muhumuza Tukei
Cast: Nabuyondo Nightingale
Photography: Peter Muhumuza Tukei
Editor: Sunna Peter
Production design: Peter Muhumuza Tukei
Sound design: Sunna Peter
Music : Sunna Peter
Length: 23'

2011 - 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (5>10 May 2011) |
* Won Prize of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (EUR 500)
The film is impressive in the care, intelligence and delicacy with which it creates a handmade world of its own; a world in which massive human rights abuse is part of everyday life. It is a congenial fusion of animation and documentation. (The Jury 2011)

2011 - IFFR (Rotterdam FilmFest)
* Selection: Spectrum Shorts


Der Film besticht durch die Sorgfalt, Intelligenz und Zartheit, die Phantasie, mit der hier eine ganz eigene Welt händisch erschaffen ward - eine Welt, zu deren Alltag massive Menschenrechtsverletzungen gehören. Animation und Dokumentation finden hier kongenial zusammen.

Peter Tukei Muhumuza
Uganda 2010, 22 min 30 sek, DV, Farbe und s/w

2011 - 57. Internationalen Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 5.-10. Mai 2011
* Preis der Internationalen Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (dotiert mit 500 Euro)


Experimentele en politieke poppenanimatiefilm is een opmerkelijke uitzondering binnen de Afrikaanse cinema. Gemaakt met geduld en ingehouden woede.

Dit op een innovatieve manier met poppen vertelde verhaal gaat over een gebeurtenis waarbij soldaten 69 mensen opsloten in een trein die vervolgens in brand werd gestoken. Een fietser keert later terug naar zijn dorp om een tape te zoeken met daarop de stemmen van de slachtoffers.

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