The Observer (Kampala)

18 August 2013

Uganda: Ndagire Premiers New Series

Renowned filmmaker and singer Mariam Ndagire has once again released yet another series, titled Anything But Love.

The film, which premiered last Thursday on NTV, will be running every Thursday and Friday at 10pm. In the new film, Debbie Wadda (Nabasumba Candy Sylvia), the proprietor of Debbie's Place an eatery, is at crossroads after her mother (Nalubiri Ruth) refuses her to get married to the man of her dreams Edmond Sonko (Ismail Kasozi), the CEO at Sonko Constructions.

Debbie's mother has some unresolved issues with Edmond's mother and she is ready to retaliate. But Edmond is devastated because Debbie doesn't give him a clear reason why they should break up. Interestingly, Edmond finds himself in Regina (Hadija Nakimuli)'s house - having picked him from a bar. And Regina is ready to do anything to win Edmond's heart.

The series has mainly new talented faces that have gone through Mariam Ndagire's Film and Performing Arts Centre - with Ismail Kasozi, the winner of Uganda's Next Music Icon 2013, and Patience Najjuma, who was the second runner-up, taking a central role. It was a dual celebration as Ndagire also awarded the best student of her 2013 film class.

At the function held at Bat Valley Theatre, the best students who produced short movies were rewarded and promised that their movies would be developed into full movies. She also recognised Abby Mukiibi and Paricko Mujuuka with certificates for setting the trend in the film industry. Mukiibi advised students to always believe in themselves.

"I have always loved to appear on the big screen, and I did because I believed in myself," said Mukiibi.

In attendance was Miss Uganda 2013 Stella Nantumbwe. She was delighted seeing young people display their talents.

"I have seen talent and I appreciate it. It's good for people to do what they do best," said Nantumbwe.

Others were Miss Uganda 2013 first runners up Anita Kyarimpa, Kim XP, Herbert Nsubuga, Annet Nandujja, Jennifer Busulwa, Wycliff Luyombya, film students and their families.

"We thank government and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for taking the bold step of 70 per cent local content on all TV stations because we now have jobs," said Ndagire. She promised the audience that Tendo Sisters stage play will be hitting the stage in September.

Best Actor:

Julius Bafiirawala for Kulwange

Best Actress

Sham Murray for Without My Son

Best Supporting Actor

Eddy Musoke for Zanze

Best Supporting Actress

Joan Nantege for Zanze Best Editor

Masitula Nantume for Zanze

Fatuma Nakitende for Zanze Best Sound Man

Isma Luwanguzi for Nyagatare Best Cinematographer

Christopher Kayondo for Zanze Best Director

Andrew Mulagwe for Zanze

Best Script

Daniel Kabuuka for Nyagatare

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