Papi, an African-European thriller about sex and revenge, is set to make its Ugandan premiere tomorrow at Theatre Labonita in Kampala following a successful debut in Belgium mid last year.
The film follows the story of a Congolese boda-boda rider in Kampala whose life is changed irreversibly after encountering a vengeful Ugandan girl seeking justice for her murdered mother and a sleazy European diplomat.
Directed by Belgian filmmaker and documentarian Kjell Clarysse, the film apparently explores topical themes of greed, hatred and revenge, which should set the platform for an exciting film.
The main character is played by Belgian-based Congolese actor Papy Tshifuaka with Uganda’s Diana ‘Deedan’ Muyira and Rehema Nanfuka in supporting roles. Comedian Daniel Omara also makes an appearance.
The film was majorly shot in Uganda with a few other scenes in Brussels and Paris on a slim budget of $15,000 (about Shs54.75), which was majorly funded by Clarysse’s personal savings worth $9,000, while the rest of the money came by way of an online crowd-funding campaign.
Though touted by most film critics to be a success, the 31-year-old Belgian filmmaker believes more could actually have been done if he had secured enough funding.
“I would have required about $25,000 to buy the rights to the music I originally wanted to use and to acquire better equipment and more time to form everything needed,” Clarysse told Indigogo.com, the platform he used for his fundraising campaign.
However, despite the financial bottlenecks, Papi should be widely received because of its simple plot and multi-cultural appeal. The film’s plot, particularly the titular character, was hugely inspired by the Sapeur sub-culture of Congo whose members’ single most purpose is to dress flamboyantly despite their poor backgrounds.
This is Clarysse’s first feature film, and if his success as a documentary maker for Belgian television Channel Canvas is anything to go by, it should be a major hit on the local and international film circuit.
Entrance to tomorrow’s premiere costs Shs 20,000, and gates open at 7Pm.