Watson Institute at Brown University
Africa Initiative

Film Screening and Panel Discussion <i>Bobi Wine: The Ghetto President<i> </i></i>

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

Register here.

Reception to follow.

Join the Watson Institute for a celebration of International Human Rights Day featuring a screening of Bobi Wine: The Ghetto President, followed by a panel discussion with Bobi Wine, Nubian Li, and Ken Roth, former executive director of Human Rights Watch. 

About the film:

This observational documentary film follows Bobi Wine and his wife Barbie. Bobi rises from the ghetto slums of Kampala to one of the country’s most loved superstars. His musical talent lifts him and emboldens millions of previously voiceless people. Bobi uses his music for activism, then becomes an Independent Member of Parliament to stand to defend the rights of his people, the ghetto people. Bobi’s wife, Barbie, by standing with him, plunges her own life into uncertainty. The film is an examination of the disturbing misuse of the legal and parliamentary systems, two supposed pillars of democracy. The country’s institutions are controlled by the State to ensure President Museveni, an autocratic strongman, who has held power since 1986, continues to rule Uganda. Bobi and Barbie must risk everything, their lives and their futures to challenge him. The state is determined to silence, not only them, but anyone who supports their cause. This is not just a story for Uganda, it is a narrative for all those who struggle under dictatorial regimes. Those who oppose them quickly discover that Western democracies have interests that do not extend to holding autocrats to account. This story has never been so relevant.

Watch the trailer here.

Africa Initiative
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies
The John F. Kennedy Jr. Initiative for Documentary Film and Social Progress