University Fresher Life Made into a Movie by UCU Students
The journey through the hallowed halls of a university is a rite of passage that many of us embark on with a mix of excitement and trepidation. For Ugandan students at the Uganda Christian University (UCU) in Mukono, this journey is often filled with challenges, but it's also a transformative experience that shapes their lives in profound ways. Now, a group of talented UCU students has decided to immortalize the ups and downs of this pivotal time in a feature film titled My First Year.
My First Year is the brainchild of Brian Kabogozza, a Journalism and Communication student at UCU. Brian, whose passion for filmmaking knows no bounds, has already made a name for himself with three remarkable short films: "My Degree," "My Background," and "Lunch Time." These films have not only garnered local recognition but have also earned him international nominations for the best student films.
The heart of My First Year lies in its portrayal of four diverse students who hail from different backgrounds. These students are thrust into the whirlwind of university life, each facing a unique set of challenges and opportunities. As they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of their first year, viewers are given a glimpse into the rollercoaster of emotions and experiences that define this pivotal period.
Brian Kabogozza, who serves as the director of the film, has not only helmed the project but has also been intricately involved in every aspect, from scriptwriting to casting. This hands-on approach ensures that every scene resonates with authenticity and captures the essence of the university experience. He worked closely with his fellow students like Richard Ssekitoleko who did the movie's cinematography and acted as Boniface in the movie but also happens to be the executive producer. Brian has created a collaborative atmosphere that allows their talents to shine through on screen.
The script for "My First Year" is penned by Emmanuel Ilungole and Chloe Nsima, a law student at UCU. Together, they bring to life the stories of the four protagonists, weaving a narrative that is both heartfelt and relatable. The film is not just a standalone project but is also a sequel to "My Background," a film that chronicles the life of Joan, one of the characters in "My Year," from her early years to her university journey.
"My First Year" is more than just a cinematic creation; it's a reflection of the diverse experiences that students undergo during their first year at UCU. It mirrors the challenges and triumphs, the friendships forged, and the personal growth that occurs during this transformative period. Through this film, Brian Kabogozza and his team aim to shed light on the different realities faced by students at the university, recognizing that no two journeys are the same.
As "My First Year" prepares to make its debut on the 29th of this Month of September, it promises to be a powerful and moving tribute to the resilience and determination of Ugandan students as they embark on their university journey. It's a testament to the creativity and passion of UCU students who have come together to share their stories with the world.
The film will premiere on the 29th of September at Nkoyoyo Hall at UCU University. Watch the film trailer here https://youtu.be/OdyaHR51LF8?si=4AxESSipIocu5WZT