‘The Forbidden’ – The most successful Ugandan movie released this year. 


The Forbidden is probably the most successful Ugandan Film released this year. It follows a story of a young girl whose financial challenges force her to start looking for the father she never grew up with.

On this journey, she falls in love, finds hard times and eventually finds the father, though it was already too late.

It was the first Ugandan film to win ‘Best Feature Film’ at the Kampala Amakula International Film Festival earlier this year and went on to scoop 13 nominations at Ghana’s premier academy awards, the Golden Movie Awards Africa, winning only one.

Last week, the film was among those selected and showcased at the Real Time International Film Festival in Nigeria, where they picked up a Best Themed Film Award.

It’s one of the films in competition for the Golden Dhow Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival that are currently going on in Zanzibar.

Starring Leilah Nakabira, Meddy Musinguzi (who passed on after production), Nodryn Evanci and Trevor Kaye among others, the film is the second directorial effort by Samuel Saviour Kizito.

In the AMVCAs, ‘The Forbidden’ is in the ‘Best Film East Africa’ category against other Ugandan films; Devil’s Chest, The Torture, Bella and Rain.

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