I was working alone on the collaboration process but after many failed attempts, I was able to get the videos we needed. After I received the videos, Aisha Kabanda and Abubakah Matanda’s powerful videos had been deleted from my computer. I thought I was losing my mind. I later realized that Zulaikah Nalukenge’s videos were edited to not tell the full story. It was at this point I realized the same people that had deleted the initial project videos had come back again, deleted and edited Zulaikah’s videos. I knew early on that something like this would happen so I had back up videos on the ground.
It was a very tiring project because you are fighting against a government that would do anything to stay in power. They see everyone that is fighting for liberty as a threat. They were trying to delay the project but we managed to get it out before elections.
While I believe in Unity, I have always worked on the People Power Platform, due to lack of time it was hard getting people and video footage with no copyrights from other parties. I believe the story could still have been more inclusive but I tried my best to involve different parties through videos and pictures that they themselves provided.
I would have loved to get Bobi Wine on camera talking about Unity and so those were the difficulties, it was not easy managing a project from the United States when the majority of the cast was on the ground.
This film is meant to inspire young people to fight on and believe in unity as the solution to creating a new Uganda. As Africans, as Ugandans, it is important that we take charge of our destiny and create our own memories through storytelling, writing and documentaries.