Kimi Takesue / USA, Uganda / 2010 / 72 min / Acholi, English, Luganda / color / digital


Free Screening

Official selection, 2010 International Film Festival Rotterdam

WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME? is an observational documentary in the truest sense. It examines the vibrant and diverse aspects of life and culture in Uganda, from the streets to a beauty parlor to a mill to a wedding, with minimal commentary aside from the fascination with the subjects going about their everyday lives. It simultaneously tells the story of no one and everyone, bringing a universal sense of the beauty experienced by humanity simply living life.

Helmed by SDAFF veteran Kimi Takesue (Best Narrative Short, 2005), WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME? resonates conceptually with the city symphony and the observational work of Frederic Wiseman, at the same time that it has a playful self-awareness that acknowledges the filmmakers’ and international audiences’ foreignness to the world being captured.

The result is a glimpse into the soul of a country – one bruised by war but too infused with the joy of living to let the weight of hate crush its people. –Brandon Coyle

Co-presented by: Alliance for African Assistance


  • Director: Kimi Takesue
  • Cinematographer: Kimi Takesue


October 21, 2011 4:00 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas