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by Yes! That’s Us


Life in Kampala today could be pretty OK for Abel, if he weren’t a young man without prospects, with a father who drives a boda boda and keeps urging him to make start making a living for himself. Boda bodas (from “border-to-border”) are motorcycle taxis sometimes also used to carry goods. Abel is a young drifter whose existence is put to the test when an accident stops his father from being able to drive. All of a sudden, he gains full access to this freedom-representing vehicle.

international title: The Boda Boda Thieves
original title: Abaabi ba boda boda
country: Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Germany
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Yes! That’s Us
film run: 85'
screenplay: Donald Mugisha, James Tayler, Wanjiku S. Muhoho
cinematography by: Carol Burandt von kameke
film editing: James Tayler
art director: Donald Mugisha
costumes designer: Shakira Kibirige
music: Peter Miles, Graeme Lees
producer: James Tayler, Donald Mugisha, Maximilian Leo, Jonas Katzenstein, Nathan Collett, Wanjiku S. Muhoho, Jeremy Bean
production: Augenschein Filmproduktion, Switch Films, Deddac, Hot Sun Films