Dickson is a 16 year-old schoolboy womanizer in a puritanical country. He risks seven years of imprisonment for having sex under the age of 18, and the evangelical Christians try to drive home their message that sex before marriage is wrong. He has already seen his father, 6 uncles, 3 aunts, and his sister die of 'that disease,' as he calls AIDS. This remarkable film gives insight into why God is so big in Africa. The local evangelical church, The Miracle Centre, promises Dickson spiritual salvation, and possibly a cure from AIDS, if he'll become a born-again Christian. He is spurred on by the outspoken schoolgirl evangelist Prossy, and a touching friendship emerges. It's a personal journey in which he confronts himself and God whilst facing the consequences of an HIV test.
About African School:
This lively series from BBC FOUR captures the daily lives, concerns and personalities of young Africans and their teachers in the Ugandan town of Masindi.
African School features two of the town’s schools – Kamurasi Demonstration School (a primary school) led by the resourceful and positive Mr Byoona, and Masindi Secondary School (known as “Massesco”) under the leadership of Mrs. Mukasa (the second youngest female head in the country).
The programs are stories of celebration and challenge that will rekindle memories of school years: teenage romance, exam pressure, football tournaments, special needs teaching, prefect elections, religion and sex education.
But in Masindi, school life is played out against the challenging issues faced by Uganda. Local HIV rates run at 7% and the conflict in northern Uganda has forced people to flee into Masindi district.
Poverty is a part of daily life for many of the pupils, yet the appetite for life is undiminished. There is a thirst for school, where the chance of education and the opportunities it offers can transform one’s life (some children who cannot afford senior school fees even break in to get to classes).
Coupled with the extraordinary enthusiasm and openness of the pupils and teachers, the series gives an entertaining, refreshing and up-lifting insight into understanding what life is really like in Africa today.