By Hussein Kiganda
While Tembele has been pre-selected to represent Uganda at the Oscars, another movie Bedroom Chains is representing Uganda on international platforms.
Bedroom Chains received 11 nominations in the Lake International Pan-African Film Festival, which will be held from November 2 to 3, 2022, in the US. These are Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Script Writer, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Sound Designer, Best Editor, Best Production Design, Best Film On Social Change, and Best Film on Human Rights.
It received other nominations in The African Film and Arts Festival, Silicon Valley Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, and several more.
In August 2022, Bedroom Chains made a world premiere in Washington, US.
Locally, the movie received more than six nominations and won two awards at the Uganda Film Festival 2022.
The producer, Nisha Kalema, told The Kampala Sun that Bedroom Chains was good enough to compete with Tembele to represent the country at the Oscars, only that it was not submitted.
“Bedroom Chains is a good film and if was submitted, it would have given Tembele a run for its money,” she said.
Bedroom Chains is a powerful life-changing tragic story that highlights the rights of women and how they fight to survive in a male-dominated world.
It tells the story of Natasha, an extrovert, born and raised amidst hatred and rejection from her father because she is a girl. She is sold by her father to Indians, who were later expelled by president Idi Amin Dada.
Her return leads to a mysterious unexpected movement of liberation for the women in Uganda, not even death could stop her ambitions.
The movie was directed by Hassan Mageye. It features Joanah Jojo Nabakiibi, Nisha Kalema, and several other actors.