Director: Donald Mugisha, Kasper Bisgaard | Uganda, Denmark 2011 | 62 min
"Kampala Story" is equal parts Kampala and 's'tory". It is an African adventure at a children's level, set in Uganda's densely populated capital and seen through the eyes of a young girl. The story is simple and unsentimental. Young Apio lives with her small family out on the wind-swept plains, where desert dust drifts around the UN vehicles that hand out supplies to the poor. Apio's mother is pregnant, but when she becomes ill, Apio is sent to Kampala to find his father and ask him for money to pay for her hospital treatment. Alone and armed with nothing more than a piece of paper with his father's name on it, Apio sets off on a long journey towards the city. It is a labyrinthine and dangerous place, where one has to be careful about who one trusts, but where one is also forced to accept the help of strangers to survive. Donald Mugisha and Kasper Bisgaard let Apio's journey take place in an utterly real setting, but the semi-documentary approach is never turned into a point in itself. On the contrary, Kampala and the story are allowed to reinforce each other in a balanced and fine film for both young and old.
The Kampala Story (Uganda, Denmark, 2011, 62 min.)
Director: Donald Mugisha, Kasper Bisgaard. Script: Donald Mugisha & Kasper Bisgaard. Camera: Kasper Bisgaard. Edit: Donald Mugisha. Cast: Apio Mary Reste
Elungani Maria. Producer: Tine Fischer, Patricia Drati Rønde. Production: DOX:LAB, Deddac/Dix Film Production.