Bobi Wine

The People's President

In Uganda’s 2021 presidential election, music star, activist and opposition leader Bobi Wine, together with his wife Barbie, rallies his people in a dangerous fight for freedom from President Museveni’s oppressive 35-year regime.


DocAviv Film Festival (2023) – Nominated: Beyond the Screen Competition

Hamptons International Film Festival (2022) – Winner: Audience Award: Best Documentary Feature

Hamptons International Film Festival (2022) – Nominated: Golden Starfish Award: Documentary Feature

IDFA Netherlands (2022) – Nominated: Best of Fests

Independent Film Festival of Boston (2023) – Winner: Audience Award: Documentary Feature

Millenium Festival (2023) – Nominated: Audience Prize

Millenium Festival (2023) – Nominated: Best Film on Human Rights – Bronze Award

One World Int'l Human Rights Doc FF (2023) – Nominated: Right to Know Competition

Venice Film Festival, Italy (2022) – Nominated: Out of Competition (Non Fiction)

SA Premiere
Screenings – CT
Lab1Sat 1 July 8.30pm


Moses Bwayo & Christopher Sharp


Uganda | UK | USA



Running Time:

114 min


Luganda, English

This highly engaging film follows Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine – aka Robert Kyagulanyi – in his rise from the ghettos of Kampala to a seat in the Ugandan parliament, where he now constitutes the key opposition figure. However, democracy in Uganda exists only on paper, and current president Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for more than 30 years, has no plans to resign. And so Bobi Wine incurs the full-blown wrath of the Ugandan state, which repeatedly kidnaps and tortures him – as well as his colleagues and supporters – as he travels around the country canvassing for votes. Fuelled by Wine’s infectious tunes, the film is both riveting and heartbreaking, echoing 2022’s Navalny in its portrait of a charismatic, popular and media-savvy opposition politician who takes on the leader of a monolithic and relentless fascist state.


Bobi Wine: The People’s President is a captivating portrait of abuse and corruption in the East African nation.
It is a testament to not giving up and the strength of a people united—not just by a song, but by a deep belief in a just future.
— Nick Allen for THEPLAYLIST.NET
Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwayo’s documentary snapshot Bobi Wine: Ghetto President is as gripping as any thriller but without the tidy, uplifting resolution that real life rarely provides.
— Allan Hunter for SCREENDAILY.COM