Kampala, Uganda – On Thursday evening, First Daughter Natasha Museveni Karugire unveiled the highly anticipated documentary ‘Those From Among You, that has been described by viewers as a treasure trove of first-hand accounts detailing the historic 1981-86 Luwero bush war, which led to President Yoweri Museveni’s rise to power.
At an exclusive invite-only event, which was marked with splendor and grandeur, Natasha said, “This documentary is packed with the first-hand experiences of those who actively took part in and witnessed the historic 1981-86 Luwero bush war revolution, along with captivating narratives from esteemed senior citizens and historians, shedding light on the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-independence eras.”
The documentary focuses on the rich history of Uganda and delves into the lives and experiences of the heroes of the Liberation struggle, offering unique insights into the nation’s transformative journey. Natasha graciously acknowledged her parents, President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Mama Janet Museveni, for their unwavering support in making the documentary a resounding success.
Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, Former Permanent Representative of the African Union to the United States, graced the event as a guest speaker and hailed the documentary as a pivotal moment in Africa’s history.
“Today, we are witnessing that day where our very own youth, and to top it off a woman; has stood up and said more shall the hunters continue to tell the story. A woman who has stood up and said no more shall the mis-education continue, a young lady who has said no more shall they continue to mislead us,” Ambassador Chihombori stated.
She continued, “That day that Patrice Lumumba spoke about is here. Those From Among You is going to begin and mark a turning point for our Africa. Natasha is leading the way to some very important conversations that must take place. Natasha is saying the truth must be told, and the journey of Africa’s liberation must be told. It must be told with truth and facts, constants that do not change.”
Among the esteemed guests at the event were Chief Justice Emeritus Benjamin Odoki, Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Minister of Security – Jim Muhwezi and his wife, the Senior Presidential Advisor on AGOA & Trade – Mrs. Susan Kabonero-Muhwezi, James Tumusiime, Pastor Patience Rwabwogo, and MP Mawogola North, Mrs. Shartsi Musherure.
Chief Justice Odoki, the chief guest, expressed that the documentary showcases that the NRA generation fulfilled its mission and challenged the current generation to follow suit.
Odoki paraphrased Franz Fanon. “The story we are going to hear today is not a story of betrayal, it shows that the NRA generation fulfilled its mission,” He further remarked, “This generation must fulfill its mission. They have to take over the mission we started. This generation is on a historic mission, and they have started now. I want to thank the good Lord because who are we that he has brought us this far. Many have left us. God has been with us to bring us this far.”
Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa praised Natasha’s humility in producing the documentary and encouraged the youth to find inspiration from their own African figures instead of solely quoting foreign ones.
“I do not know what I would do if I were Natasha. I would probably be in Paris shopping or having a good life in London. Her choosing to do this work is a sign of humilty and I thank Natasha for that humility,” he said.
Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa
The documentary was inspired by the filmmaker’s aspiration to make Uganda’s history accessible to all, especially the younger generations. By skillfully compiling interviews and historical footage, Natasha Museveni Karugire aims to leave a lasting impact on Ugandans and Africans, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of their roots.