Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Shooting of scenes in Uganda’s capital Kampala for 27 Guns is ongoing as Natasha Karugire and Sharpe Ssewali direct an Isaiah 60 Productions film about the National Resistance Army (NRA) liberation war of the early 8os.
Roads around Parliamentary Avenue, Said Barre Road, King George II Road, Kimathi Avenue and Sir Apollo Kagwa roads were sealed off by traffic officers March 9-11 to enable Isaiah 60 Productions Producer Esteri Akandwanaho set the scene for the Ugandan film.
The NRA under the leadership of Yoweri Museveni famously launched the Bush War in 1980 with an attack with 27 guns. That war ended with victory for the NRA in 1986, and Museveni sworn in as President of Uganda at the steps of parliament where he made the famous “fundamental change” speech.
Isaiah 60 Productions is owned by First Daughter Karugire and her cousin Akwandanaho, and the film on a piece of Ugandan history matches their goal, which is a desire to take part in the unfolding African narrative.
Beyond film production, Isaiah 60 Productions announced at their launch last year that they hoped “to rouse the discussion on what the African story is, has been, and can be and the significance of telling that story in our own voices, through our own lenses.
Police sent out a public notice Friday, advising that the shooting this weekend “shall comprise of large movements of people, actors in military attire,simulated gun sounds as film crew and actors shoot the film. The general public is therefore informed that there is no cause for alarm and these activities are taking place to facilitate the film shooting and production.”
Filming of 27 Guns, started last year and a trailer of the film has already been released. Starring in the film are Arnold Mubangizi, Diana Kamunutu, Sezi Nuwewenka and Michael Wawuyo.
— The Independent (@UGIndependent) March 29, 2017