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Ugandan based Indian Filmmaker “Paresh Gondaliya” on the Premiere day of his first Ugandan film “The Superstition” on 1st July 2014 said, “I will be coming back next year with another blockbuster movie…” and indeed he seemed to have meant it by then, unfortunately he failed to keep his word when he failed to produce any movie in the year 2015 where his writer and co-director of “The Superstition” spread wings and did his own solo movie as writer and director of a 2015 blockbuster action film “WAKO”which made it big in the Ugandan Filmmaking realm, whilst the year 2015,

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Paresh Gondaliya at the Dream America Premiere with Family

Paresh Gondaliya teamed up with another filmmaker Hussein Omar AKA Moses Ray of “The Counsellor” Movie, they both started scripting a film titled “Dream America” which they casted and started the preproduction process that has alot of ups and downs throughout late 2015 until early 2016 when they began its Production/Shooting phase, during the post production phase the project got a setback when the first hired editor confiscated the footage which put the team on pressure but luckily enough they were able to find an editor who carried on with the project, that comprised partnering with Urban Aksent Music who worked on this movie’s sound. Just as they say, bad luck can at times get stuck on some people, when this movie had announced its first Premiere to happen at The Hub Cinema in the month of July, the cinema was closed which led them to relocate to National Theatre for the date 9th August.

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Moses Ray being interviewed

This Film’s promotional material was honestly decampaigning it right from the poorly executed posters to a fully boring pointlessly edited trailer, many took this movie as a joke including me basing on how its poster and trailer looked, and from the look of things I always wondered whether it was the team’s trick to make such an unexpected kind of poster in these days of better branding and promotional material.

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Shock came to many when the Uganda Film Festival released its 2016 Nominations List with “Dream America” Movie given around four Category Nominations; Best Cinematography, Best Editing/ Post Production, Best Costuming/ Production Design and Best Actor in Film (Robert Ernest Bbuma) and basing on the Promotional Material they had, I myself was like “Really, with such a boring trailer?” but then again the Premire date of this movie was getting closer.

The Team of Dream America Movie did a fairly good job in promoting the event with endless TV Interviews, Social Media and more that kept the seemingly boring “Dream America” Movie Promotions run all around us by the cast, and guess what, the day came, Tuesday 9th August 2016.

The day started like one of those that end up as flops but by late afternoon, the event organisers had stormed the National Theatre and started putting up the decorations as they know them best, by the time I saw the Sodas, Crisps, and Wine eh God Forbid, and water I mean, Me and my Cinebuzz Uganda team were already present to cover this fairly well organized Red Carpet experience where the MC of the day Jayant Maru interviewed a number of people who were at the spot and needed the spotlight.

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Jayant Maru and Actor Mutebi Farooq

Ohh yeah getting to the fun moment, not really, but yeah the good part, they call it the cocktail part, this is when I got to taste on these sodas, I took several, like two bottles (haha) and yes these chilli coated crisps that were awesomely good enough to keep me calm before the screening began, and as usual, the control room is my VIP Seat, so yeah the movie began… oh no wait, I don’t know how this came about, but as we got inside, Jayant Maru had this Co-Mc who she asked what Dream America is about but then again she simply stammered like she was expecting to be at an introduction ceremony or something, anyway after all some cool movie trailers played, including our Cinebuzz Uganda ones ofcourse, oh I get, we have to do something about this movie, so yeah maybe lets review this!

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Actor Robert Ernest Bbumba playing the lead role of “Johnny” in Dream America

As they clicked play, I mean when I clicked play, its like one of this movie’s promotional material “Dream America Song” started playing, and I was like “what the heck, did I just play the wrong clip” but I just kept going on thinking maybe the song plays first then the movie comes next, so yeah we went on with song but then I kept on seeing the movie’s intro credits running on screen as the song played, and suddenly the actor “Robert Ernest Bbumba” who plays the lead role of “Johnny” woke up, so eh wait a moment, so these guys started the intro sequence with a song then woke this guy like he was dreaming the song? ah thats pretty strange and outside the box, I think I kinda liked that, weird things are at times awesome, well yeah this guy has a good room, looks like he aint a ghetto dude, so he gets up, rushes out, passed his father “Edison Abitegeka” and the sister, then out of the gate, so he seemingly calls for a Boda Boda ” Motor-bike” but then again I see this newly looking bike with this well organized cyclicst, normally Boda Boda guys have that something identical to them, not always so clean, and the kind of the bike was slightly different, he didnt even bother to negotiate the fees, maybe this Boda Boda always takes him to wherever he goes, anyway, afterall he made it to his workplace, a workshop, cements visible all around and other seems, seems to be some kind of a builder, and oh yeah we surely didnt miss noticing actor Ahimbisibwe Solomon aka Himbi King the KigaFlow Artist playing the Boss Role, so this movie follows a story of three (Johnny “Robert Ernest Bbumba”, Dan “Kulumba David Finale” and Brunno “Kaye Rajji”), should I call them stubborn? Funny? youths who get obsessed with the idea of going to America after their buddy Johnny brings idea to the table giving them a vision of the kind of heaven they’ll experience upon reaching America, so this becomes their major goal as they pass through endless funny challenges in the quest of achieving this dream, despite the ups and downs they face, Johnny never ceases to bring up ideas for them to keep on trying, but eventually they get a chance where only one has to make it there, Johnny does, unfortunately returns with bad news as he encourages his two friends to be contented with staying in Uganda and working for development despite the fact that the movie ends with them picking another task of dreaming to go to Austria…

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This movie runs on an endless comedy road which got the audience laugh every after five to ten minutes of the film, from the look of things, I say this is a film with a great screenplay, good cinematography that was given justice by the editor who also did a great job, Urban Aksent Music team worked on the sound of this movie and I should say, the sound of this film was amazing and really good, the costuming and production deisgn pretty well so I should say they used the Munyonyo Speke Resort premises good enough to communicate the story and give us another side of Uganda where we got exposed to these three youths who are living a good life but think its better for them to head to America for a far better life, not forgetting the funny moments that kept on running from the actions to the dialogue, one can’t leave this movie without mentioning the Gaffer, Byaruhanga Francis who also acted as a confused policeman in this film plus the weird style Brunno was using to vibe girls in his own way. This movie was shot by Mugarura Abraham alongside Mugabirwe Rogers Matelja as the editor.

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Some of the Cast

What I didn’t seem to enjoy pretty much was the very substandard acting portrayed by a lady who acted as a mother to the Dan character, she was reading her dialogue very rightly but acting it very terribly but anyway we could hear the words and try to pick sense from them, further more I didn’t understand the sudden fighting sequence that was implemented in the story, like why the heck was Johnny wearing back-cloth fighting with another guy in same outfit, then Dan and Brunno fighting other guys, then later we see them wounded, what led them to fight? we clearly couldnt see that from this film, like what the hell? Then also the first transition of Dan, when he quits his job, we didnt see him looking pissed or making up his mind to do anything but just out of the blue his boss tells him to fix the machine then he just drops stuff and leaves his job, why? how did he make it up, okay we understand he is having the American dream but his quiting the job wasn’t communicated right for us to feel with him, and also the transition of these guys, after being beaten up from the other unexplainable sudden fighting sequence, we don’t see them make up any mind to give up on the dream but all of the sudden we just get to see them telling their parents how they are giving up on the dream of going to America, anyway I don’t why but I didn’t feel that quite right.

But all the same, its among these movies that you’d watch and say, yeah good work despite the errors, by the way this movie carries a number of elements but what I picked best was the fact of Friendship, the way these characters were build up could show how much these three valued their friendship that despite everything, birds of the same feathers flock together, they kept along together throughout the whole hustle, I truly loved their friendship, they kept on supporting and defending one another throughout the movie, the other fact is contentment, having a an attitude of gratitude, being contented with what I currently posses, my country, my identity and so much more, its a feel good comedy movie that will keep you laugh from start to end, I surely recommend it to more youths to watch, if there could be any general way I’d summarise this film, I can say, if you watched the “3 Idiots” indian movie, Dream America is a better Ugandan Version of it in a different angle, so thumbs up to the movie, I should honestly say I was impressed by what I saw. It surely deserved more nominations.

I’ve heard that this movie is to get another time to screen during the Uganda Film Festival screenings this month, and more so its to be screened at the Uganda Cinema Night in the month of October, then followed by regional screeenings, so yeah watch out for it.

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