Tembele has become the first ever International Feature submission for Uganda. And it’s so incredible to have watched this film and to see Morris Mugisha create his story filmed in the busy streets of Kampala. The film is a simple one, following a married couple Tembele and Mawe as they’re expecting their first child. As Mawe is now in her ninth month of pregancy, Tembele is super excited to welcome a son into the family.
Tembele works as a garbage man along with his best friend Segi. They work 12 hours a day picking up trash in the chaotic capital of Uganda. After work they spend time rummaging through the garbage landfill finding anything that might be worth something as their salary isn’t enough.
One day, Mawe begins to experience horrible discomfort at night, and as the pain intensifies the next morning, they rush to the hospital where she has a miscarriage.
The film follows their journey through the stages of grief as they try to deal with the unimaginable.
DIrector Morris Mugisha’s second film Tembele is a personal story and a beautiful film to have watched. Patriq Nkakalukanyi and Ninsiima Ronah give wonderful performances as two grieving parents. The stunning cinematography shot in Kampala and the surrounding neighbourhoods is incredibly well done.
Child loss is not an event, it is an indescribable journey of survival. It’s a nasty way of making one feel the weakest and most vulnerable. It’s the price of love. But the darkness won’t always be so heavy and eventually the light will come through and there’ll be something worth living for again. For Tembele and Mawe, it's trying to have another child.