Wande, short film on sex education, premieres tomorrow

POLLY KAMUKAMA

The debate on whether or not parents should teach their children about sex is the subject of a new Ugandan short film due to premiere tomorrow at the National Theatre in Kampala.

Titled Wande, the 40-minute film follows the life of a young girl who tries to abort after she gets pregnant from a first-time sex encounter.

Gerald Namanya seen here in a tense scene with Sharon Atuhaire.

Gerald Namanya seen here in a tense scene with Sharon Atuhaire.

“It’s a story about peer pressure, sex education and parenting told from an African perspective,” the film’s producer Gerald Namanya told this blog in an exclusive interview yesterday.

The 29-year-old filmmaker said he got inspired to tell the story after a personal experience in which one of his friends from school nearly lost her life following a botched abortion.

The film rotates around Wande (L) a good girl who gets pregnant from her first sex encounter and tries to abort.

The film rotates around Wande (L) a good girl who gets pregnant from her first sex encounter and tries to abort.

About Four months ago, he enlisted the help of his friends and regular collaborators, Samuel Kizito and Kevin Byaruhanga, to embark on the project as writer and director, respectively.

The film’s storyline revolves around its eponymous character Wande, played by Sharon Atuhaire, an upright girl from a strict but somewhat dysfunctional home who falls in with the wrong clique at university.

Director Kevin Byaruhanga sharing a light moment with one of his actresses in a behind-the-scenes photo.

Director Kevin Byaruhanga sharing a light moment with one of his actresses in a behind-the-scenes photo.

Soon, her new-found friends begin to help her overcome her inhibitions and explore a whole new world; and the effects are utter disastrous.

“We didn’t want to point fingers, so we tackled our major themes of early pregnancy, peer pressure and morality from a multiple point of view,” Byaruhanga said of the film that has received some considerable social media buzz ahead of tomorrow’s event.

Gerald Namanya, the film's producer, also plays Wande's love interest.

Gerald Namanya, the film’s producer, also plays Wande’s love interest.

It’s the second film in four months from Namanya and Byaruhanga partnership following the premiere of their other short film, Desk Review, in May.

The rather artistic duo is also responsible for producing what is considered Uganda’s first dance movie, the award-winning Game On, back in 2013, and are currently working on a sports drama due out next year.

Tickets to tomorrow’s event are selling at the National Theatre box office at Shs 10,000, and gates open at 6Pm.

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