Another Ugandan Film on Netflix.
Katera of the Punishment Island - by Loukman Ali will premiere on Netflix this month on the 29th.
The film tells a story of a woman abandoned on an island, grieving the loss of her baby exacting revenge on the powerful man who put her there. The movie is a thriller with a mixture of Runyankole and English languages and features prominent Ugandan talents like Tracy Kababiito, Michael Wawuyo JR, River Dan Rugaju, and more. Directed and produced by Loukman Ali under Loukout Films.
Being guided by international sales and production veteran Pape Boye Loukman was able to produce a thrilling folk tale locally with the Ugandan cast and production team from Loukout Films and other independent film crews. Pape Boye who is the founder of Black Mic Mac, has decided to put his focus on African stories and African talent to be able to package them well for global audiences and partnerships. You could say he isn’t doing badly so far. The team at big world cinema, Capetown
The film was fully funded by Netflix in partnership with UNESCO in a move to strengthen the pipeline of African storytelling and to include voices from underrepresented communities.
“… At the crossroads of tradition, innovation, heritage, and creativity, African expressions in the twenty-first century are as diverse and dynamic as its people. The UNESCO-Netflix partnership represents our shared commitment to the audiovisual industries of Africa, which have the potential to generate US$20 billion in revenues annually. African creativity is a force for sustainable development, and we cannot wait for audiences around the world to feel its unstoppable energy,” says Ernesto Ottone R., the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture.
This will be the second film for Loukman on Netflix but his first short film on the streaming platform. His first film on the site which was also the first Ugandan film on the platform was The Girl in The Yellow Jumper which premiered on Netflix on 26th December 2021.
This will also be his first original for the streaming giant and the first original Netflix movie from Uganda.
We hope this opens up more opportunities for Ugandan creatives to global even on other international streaming sites.
Watch the Film’s teaser here