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.
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)
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.
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.