Heaven sounds boring
"Heaven Sounds Boring is so, so beautiful. Achingly beautiful... It seems simple on the surface, but the underlying themes about belief and family are profound... I sense there’s a cultural message as well, about religious colonialism and exploitation—it is there with feeling and specificity and humanity, and never feels didactic or lecturing."
-Katie Peyton Hofstadter, NY Curator.
"One of those rare Ugandan stories...."
2021. A father and his 7-year-old daughter desperately hold onto each other and their faiths when they realise they may never see each other again. Both Christianity and African tradition offer dead ends to their limitless questions.
Nitumwesiga's debut short film, Communion, follows young artist Sally through her own mind, soul, and reality, where she finds wholeness. Communion has been accepted to numerous festivals across three continents and has been acclaimed for its scriptwriting, acting, lighting, and original music. It was awarded honorable mention at the Plateau Festival Internacional de Cinema da Praia in Cabo Verde and was a semi-finalist of the #iamAFRICA Short Film Competition. Communion was longlisted for the Hombres Videopoetry Award and made extensive runs through art spaces and other venues in both Uganda and the UK.
2017. Somebody Clap for Me is a narrative documentary film about Uganda's slam poetry underground. Nitumwesiga was assistant director and researcher. The film connects modern artists with Uganda's oral tradition, against the backdrop of authoritarian politics. Somebody Clap for Me, supported by Maisha Film Lab, toured extensively through the festival circuit.
Everybody Needs an Electrician
Nitumwesiga's very first documentary short, developed at Maisha filmlab, 2011.