After spending nearly three years in the making, highly-anticipated Ugandan film Bala Bala Sese will finally premiere this Friday at Theatre Labonita in Kampala.
The Luganda language feature, directed by Bashir ‘Badi’ Lukyamuzi, has already enjoyed some positive buzz ahead of its July 3 unveiling, thanks to its compelling story and powerful themes.
The film charts the trials and tribulations of a young couple living on the remote Sese Islands at the height of the AIDS scourge, and stars the real life power couple of Micheal Kasaija and Natasha Sinayobye as the troubled lovers.
The massive success of the film’s official soundtrack, Wuuyo by singer A-Pass, will also likely give Friday’s event a big boost.
But Lukyamuzi told journalists at the film’s press screening in Kampala last week that he’s more interested in sharing his film with the world than filling up the cinema.
“This is a personal story that I hope to use to change some lives out there rather than gaining from it commercially,” the 28-year-old multi-award winning music video producer and director said of his very first film.
Essentially an ordinary lovestory with dynamic characters, Sese carefully morphs into a serious social critique offering an intelligent look at such topical themes as AIDS, family and culture – all set against the backdrop of the scenic Sese Islands of Lake Victoria.
Written by Usama Mukwaya, the film boasts a strong supporting cast in the likes of The Ebonies’ Raymond Rushabiro, Jabal Ddungu, Ashraf Ssemwogerere, Ismael Ssesanga and Fiona Birungi.
Tickets to the premier are selling at Shs 50,000 and Shs30,000 for VIP and ordinary seats, respectively, and are now available at Theatre Labonita, Badi World studio and National Theatre among other outlets.