Imperial Blue (Uganda - 2019 - 94 min) Live Q&A with Director
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Another Hole in the Head Film Festival presents: Sunday, December 27th, 1:30 pm PST (UTC/GMT -8) Imperial Blue (Uganda - 2019 - 94 min) Bulu is a mysterious herb with prophetic powers, which has been kept a closely-guarded secret by healers in the west of Uganda. Chancing upon a small sample of purified bulu in the Indian criminal underworld, an American smuggler sets out to find its source.
imperial Blue is a 2019 psychedelic fantasy thriller, filmed on location in India, the UK and Uganda. It is the debut feature of British writer-director Daniel Moss, Ugandan producer Semulema Daniel Katenda and British writer-producer David Cecil.
Imperial Blue had its world premiere at Raindance Film Festival (London) in 2019, was selected for the 2020 Philip K Dick Film Festival (USA) and the 2020 Mashariki International Film Festival (Rwanda).[
While buying kilos of hashish in India, American smuggler Hugo Winter is offered a sample of a rare herb from Uganda called Bulu, which is said to bestow the powers of prophecy. In a Bulu trance, Hugo has a shocking, mystical vision of himself in Uganda. When things go badly for him in India, Hugo flees home to his family in London. Now deep in debt to dangerous gangsters, Hugo must find a way out, fast. Acting on his prophetic vision, Hugo travels to Africa to find more of this life-changing new drug and solve his money problems.
In Uganda, Hugo's Bulu visions lead him to a god-fearing farmer called Kisakye. This strong-willed young lady has unwillingly inherited the role of her late father, the village shaman, who cultivated and took Bulu to protect his village. Since the death of her father, Kisakye's ancestral land has been grabbed by the local pastor, Isaac. While Kisakye distrusts Bulu as ‘Satanic’, she needs money and agrees to work with Hugo to sell the drug abroad. However, Kisakye's sister Angela, has her own plans. She is working with a criminal gang to try and get Bulu out into the world market and sees Hugo as both an opportunity and a threat. After a close call with the criminal gang, Hugo and Kisakye travel deep into the Ugandan forest to the remote village of Makaana, where Kisakye cultivates Bulu in secret. Soon after they arrive, Hugo finds himself contending with the suspicions of the villagers and with the competing agendas of Kisakye and Angela. Kisakye is more honest, but she is uncomfortable with Hugo's wild ways and her new role as a drug dealer.
Hugo earns respect in the village when he prophesies, in a Bulu vision, the drowning of a local boy and manages to save him. However, pastor Isaac becomes bitterly angry with Hugo and Kisakye, accusing them of dividing the community. Meanwhile, Angela's eagerness to close a deal with Hugo becomes increasingly appealing when he receives news from London that his family has been attacked and he must return immediately.
Hugo's attempts to force Kisakye to give him her Bulu backfire and she pushes him away from the village with only a single hit of Bulu to take home. On the road home he takes the Bulu and has a vision of Kisakye being assaulted by pastor Isaac. Hugo returns to rescue Kisakye and, in the ensuing melee, the pastor is killed.
During the chaos, Angela steals Kisakye's supply of Bulu and flees from the village into the forest, pursued by Hugo and Angela. When Hugo catches up with Angela, she is killed in a violent struggle. Hugo, injured and lost in the forest, takes a very large amount of Bulu in an attempt to see his way out of the situation. Instead, the overdose pushes him into the shadow world of Bulu spirits and finally reduces him to a brain-dead state of limbo. Kisakye finds his comatose body and takes the money he had saved to buy the Bulu.