A man from northern Uganda behind a movie, ‘Kony- Order from Above’ has been selected for the 92nd Academy Awards popularly known as The Oscars.
The awards are given yearly by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in the United States of America.
The international award recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership in a country a movie is produced.
The movie was selected on Wednesday by the Uganda Academy Selection Committee (USASC) as Uganda’s first official entry for the 2020 Oscar Awards in the category of best international film.
Again, this marks 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.
“The selection is only provisional pending the film’s fulfilment of all academy eligibility criteria ahead of October 1, 2019, Oscar submission deadline for the country entries,” said Godfrey Musinguzi, UASC Chairperson in a statement.
“The film’s human story, universal themes and authenticity make it a unique piece of homegrown art worthy of celebrating on the global platform that is the Oscars,” he added.
Steve T Ayeny, the movie director said he was so happy to achieve such a milestone.
“I feel like God has been faithful to Uganda. This is the first of its kind and I am very happy about this. This is bigger than me as the director and producer. God was in it from day one. I want to thank my crew, cast and everyone who supported this film. As someone who hails from Northern Uganda I wanted to tell our story our own way just to spread love and encourage people to forgive each other focus on the transition and development in Northern Uganda,” revealed Ayeny.
The movie based on actual happenings tells a story of two youth, Otti and Aguti who fall in love during the period northern Uganda was in sufferings from Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency.
They are however separated when Otti is abducted at age 11. While in abduction, Otti attempts to escape back home and is instead caught and battered at each attempt.
He decides to stay in the bush with the LRA rebels and is soon introduced into the inner command circle of notorious LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony’s.
Despite his concession to notoriety, his love for Aguti remained undeterred.
In an effort to sustain it, Otti wrote letters to Aguti through the village reverend to intervene.
During the LRA raid to Aboke Girls School in present day Kole district, Aguti and other girls are then abducted.
Upon arrival at the Kony’s camp, the abductees are shown to Kony who falls in love with Aguti forthwith, without knowledge of the relationship between her and Otti.