The improbable story of Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma, who was kidnapped in the north of Uganda at the age of six and forced to be a child soldier in the rebel army of Yoweri Museveni. Besides being taught to kill, he also learned to box. His ‘therapy,’ as he now calls it. By the time Ouma was 18, Museveni had already ascended to the presidency. It was then that Ouma went with the national boxing team to the United States for a championship and escaped. He had no money or connections and didn’t speak a word of English, but then he walked into a boxing school and the rest is history. Ouma was soon to become the Junior Middleweight Champion of the World. Although he has taken up permanent residence in the United States, his homeland continues to exert a force on him. Because of his escape, he hasn’t been able to return to Uganda, but he wants to give it another shot with diplomatic support from his adopted country.
Kief Davidson je nagrađivani redatelj igranih i dokumentarnih filmova. Rođen je i odrastao u newyorškom Brooklynu. Njegov najnoviji film ‘Kassim The Dream’ premijerno je prikazan na filmskom festivalu Tribeca 2008. godine. Njegov prethodni film, ‘The Devil’s Miner’, imao je svjetsku premijeru na Rotterdam Film Festivalu 2005., nakon čega je osvojio desetak nagrada na međunarodnim filmskim festivalima.
Kassim the Dream
2008, 87', color, video
Tony Breuer, Kief Davidson
Leo Heiblum, Andres Solis, Jacobo Leiberman
Vitaly Koshman, Kief Davidson
Believe Media, Urban Landscapes Productions
Festivals & Awards:
AFI Fest – Audience Award; International Documentary Festival Amsterdam - IDFA – Grand Jury Prize; Silverdocs - AFM Award