Comedians soar with Plan B

05:31 by Kaggwa Andrew
Simplicity magnifies the magnanimity of one’s heart – so my high school teacher used to say every time she was persuading us to take a punishment.
It’s a statement that worked magic both ways, saved many from possible expulsions and also saved her the time of creating student enemies.
And this is the theme of emerging film maker Anyenyi Steve’s new ground breaking full length picture Plan B.
This is the second picture after Zenken’s Reform that has used a school setting as the only location, the difference is, much as the later opted for students to enjoy the shine, Anyenyi went for professional actors and other famous faces.
The film continues to acknowledge how Ugandan culture is becoming youth driven – its impossible to imagine, that way before Sheilah Gashumba and Kleith created their own nation with a T, the word teenager literally rendered you a child; you could not own a phone or watch a TV show tailored for you.
Back in the early 2000s, you were just a rebellious kid, there was no time to do hype staff like catch up with friends for some Kadanke thingy during holidays.
In Plan B, Anyenyi’s film that premiered at the National theatre on Friday, he explores the problem that a teenager today is.
The takes us on a journey of one Juku (Anyenyi Steve) whose parents sale off all they had to send him to a high end school with a hope that he will one day become rich and bail the family out.
However, when he gets there, he teams up with a bully crew led by one Ndugu (Daniel Omara) then a manipulative deputy head teacher (Salvado) that uses him to look out for his girlfriend’s interests. Juku loves doing all this because of the fame it comes with.
When the girl attempts an abortion in vain she develops complications that see both the deputy and the crew leave him alone to handle the mess whose Genesis he barely knows.
The film is promising when it comes to execution on the camera but fails on using enough light, there were incidents where you could barely see Omara’s face because its bulged up in darkness, but not just him, many other characters.
The story is beautifully laid not to bore a viewer, it was arranged in a way that many of the scenes do add a thing or two to the story.
It all ends with a riot that was ignited by Juku, some property is destroyed and a couple of lives are lost. When police finally restore calm at the school, the stubborn crew is expelled. One by one, the crew members were cruised back home and it was finally him alone, left to rebuild what he had destroyed since he couldn’t even afford compensating the school.
That’s when it sank in his mind, that much as they supported and looted behind him, in school, every pot sits on its own bottom.


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