Galiwango Obulamu Bwekisodde: The Animated Gorilla Movie

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This is Uganda’s best animated mountain gorilla conservation film. The film was created by Solomon W Jagwe. The aim of the film is to raise awareness about the plight of the mountain gorillas of Uganda that live in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park. The campaign is aimed at the locals getting informed about the status of mountain gorillas.

The film which has been done in the native Luganda Language describes the threats that the mountain gorillas are exposed to.

Galiwango is a film of its kind! It is a 3D animation and quite interesting to watch. This film has received a good reception from the Ugandan scene and the international scene as well. It has received endorsement from several conservation organizations including the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

Who is Solomon Jagwe?
Solomon Jagwe is a USA-based independent 3D artist and animator. Solomon has written, directed and animated the movie. Jagwe says, “I have been working in the gaming and simulation industry for over 12 years now. I have watched a lot of films and documentaries about Mountain Gorillas, but none seem to effectively target the local populations where the suffering is most ardent. The majority of the documentaries about gorillas, are written in English, a language which the majority of the local populations, where the Gorillas live, do not speak or read fluently. I want to use the skills I have acquired and my African roots, to reach out and create a somber but humor filled animated film, that both adults and children can appreciate.”

People Behind the Movie
Apart from Jagwe, Galiwango’s voice cast includes UK-based recording artist Fyonna Nsubuga and US-based music producer and recording artist Patrick Ssozi. The film’s soundtrack has been done by recording artist Omega Bugembe Okello. Okello is a NAACP Image Award nominee (the premier American multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts).

Other key people involved with Galiwango include Editor of UNAA Times Ronnie Mayanja, Recording artist and playwright George Mulindwa, graphic artist Eddie Sakwa, The Batabazi Warriorz and Robert Kayanja.

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