Film: Galiwango Genre: Animated Art director/producer: Solomon W. Jagwe
Voice of: Solomon W. Jagwe Preview by: Vision Reporter
THE first ever animated film about Uganda is set for release soon.
Written in Luganda and titled Galiwango: Obulamu Bwe Kisodde, (The life of a Gorilla), the film aims to sensitise the public about the plight of mountain gorillas in Rwanda, the DRC and Uganda.
The film creater, US-based artiste Solomon Jagwe, relies on his skills and African roots to create a sombre but humour-filled animated film. His goal is to draw attention to the existence of this unique natural resource.
Galiwango is a tribute to Jagweâ€™s grandmother whom he says taught him how to tell stories as a young boy. â€œI remember sitting by her feet and listening intently as she recounted stories of Waguluddene, Wakayima and Wango.â€ he says.
Jagwe tells the story of the struggles and triumphs of the gorillas from a captured gorillaâ€™s point of view. He weaves into the tale a human element of interaction with technology, war and humour.
Galiwangoâ€™s story begins in the thick tropical forests of the Virunga Mountains. Jagwe traces the gorillaâ€™s journey after it is taken from Uganda and illegally sold to a research facility in an undisclosed Western country.
Years later, Galiwangoâ€™s journey comes full circle to Uganda.
A plane carrying equipment and a crate housing Galiwango, is shot down over the Virunga Mountains.
At the crash site Galiwango meets two other gorillas, Muwanguzi, an aging Silver Back and Lutalo, who carries a rifle. The rest of the story explores the dangers of living in a forest that is full of conflict and greed.
Close encounters with poachers and rebels drive the need by Galiwango and his friends to stay alert.
Jaggwe hopes that Ugandans can appreciate the rare gift they have in the mountain gorillas and fight against the possibility of their extinction.
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First animated Uganda movie to hit big screen