Kimi Takesue’s lyrical, observational documentary takes us to the streets, shops and countrysides of post-civil war Uganda, painting a portrait of a country rediscovering its human connections in peacetime. Eschewing a journalistic discussion of wartime atrocities and losses, Takesue allows such contextual information to quietly enter the frame, as her roving camera quietly observes the negotiations, rhythms and cycles of daily life in a new Uganda.
A high society wedding, a boxing club, a beauty salon, a school for survivors of the civil war: these are a few of the many places in Uganda discovered in Kimi Takesue’s feature documentary, WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME.
Employing an observational style, this contemplative documentary reveals multifaceted portraits of Ugandans in both public and private spaces. The film travels through Uganda, roaming the vibrant streets of Kampala and the rural quiet of the North, to reveal a diverse society where global popular culture finds expression alongside enduring Ugandan traditions.
Throughout the journey, WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME compels us to consider the complex interplay between the observer and the observed, and challenges our notions of both the familiar and exotic.
WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME offers unexpected images of a complex country, encouraging us to abandon pre-conceived notions of where we are going and what we will find.