Bobi Wine, the voice of Uganda at the Lido

“It’s dangerous to do what I’m doing but it’s even more dangerous to do nothing,” says the rapper. Protagonist in the doc by Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwayo, out of competition in Venice 79

“It is terrible what is happening in Uganda. I am glad that this film shows for the first time to the Western world what is really happening in Uganda. And what has been going on for 36 years. President Yoweri Museveni has been very good at giving a rosy image. of what is happening but there is a very strong oppression. As I speak here, many of my friends have been arrested by the regime, others have disappeared, others have been killed “. This is how Bobi Wine speaks at Lido, the Ugandan rapper who, during the thirty-year dictatorship in Uganda, first became a political activist and then a deputy, to defend the rights of those without a voice, the people of the ghetto. His story is told in ‘Bobi Wine: ghetto president’, the four-handed documentary directed by the English Christopher Sharp and the Hungarian Moses Bwayo, which is now out of competition at the Venice Film Festival.

“It is dangerous – adds Bobi Wine – to do what I am doing but it is even more dangerous to do nothing. I believe in miracles, I believe that we must do something to change, to give voice to those who do not have one, like the people of the ghetto” .

Africa rarely finds space in Western information “but cinema can play a fundamental role,” says John Battsek, the English producer of the documentary. “And I am very grateful to Venice for having selected this film, because after Venice many other festivals are inviting us from many other countries and it is a very effective way of making this story known to the world”, he adds.