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UCU students make anti-drug abuse film

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By Hussein Kiganda

Students of mass communication and journalism at Uganda Christian University (UCU) in Mukono have produced a movie aimed at fighting drug abuse among students.

Made by the 2022 UCU Television Drama Class Production, Sweets And Cookies is a crime and love story.

The movie runs for one hour and twenty minutes and it tells a story of David, the university guild president, and a regular drug user, who falls in love with Sonia, the humble and principled Christian fellowship minister in his government. He wants to dump Paula, his girlfriend, for Sonia.

When Paula discovers that David is interested in Sonia, she hatches a plan to humiliate Sonia to save her relationship.

Sonia finds herself at a finalists’ house party organised by Willy, the university drug lord, and David’s best friend. 

With a drugged cookie, Paula ignites war on Sonia at the party. A war whose aftermath they all fail to control erupts when David turns opponent to the drug gang.

The movie features Sarah Precious Yaweh, Jude Kaddu, Nicolette Nampijja, Dedan Tumusiime,  Faith Elizabeth Asuko, Jonathan Muyege, Steven Kolawole, Benjamin Benjamin, Maani Vini Emma, and more.

The director, Douglas Byaruhanga, a finalist at UCU, told The Kampala Sun that it was an end-of-year project for finalist students of journalism, but considering that it was done so perfectly, they decided to make it available for the broader audience.

“It’s a course unit called television drama and has always been done throughout the years. This time, we became more serious about it and made a more advanced project that is fit for the Ugandan audience,” Byaruhanga said.

He is optimistic that the movie will inform students about the different avenues in which drugs are supplied and how they can protect themselves. 

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