Zziwa Aaron Alone, a multi-award-winning film director, all the way from Uganda in East Africa,is all about understanding African culture through the realm of moving pictures. Guerrilla filmmaker Zziwa Aaron Alone is on a mission to redefine the art of great filmmaking with lights,camera and literally,no budget!
The filmmaking industry in Uganda is undoubtedly growing. My film,‘The Superstition’, was nominated alongside Jackie Chan’s, ‘Chinese Zodiac’ at the 2014 Abuja International Festival”
Zziwa Aaron Alone
- Nominated Best Film director in 2014 and 2015 – Arusha African film festival, Tanzania.
- Nominated in 2016 – Africa Movie Academy Award, Nigeria
- Nominated Best Director- 2017 Uganda film festival
Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica, Uganda’s Zziwa Aaron Alone
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
What drives me? …… I love to bring stories to life. It drives me everytime I think of stories that can change the generation, the community, and the world.
Our narratives impact positively on human change. My passion in life is when I make stories go to screen. I feel great when stories which I gave birth to are embraced by audiences. It motivates me more and more to give them more…..
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
The way I found my passion is through frequent hangouts at a local cinema hall, aka Bibanda, with my elder brother when I was little. I think I was like five years old when he took me there and I enjoyed Chinese Kung-Fu films.
Later I found myself taking myself alone there. The passion grew and this always got me trouble at home! When I grew older I decided to make my hobby my reality.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
What appeals to me about my passion is when I am appreciated, whether I direct, write or act in my films.
When the cast and crew are appreciated with awards and recognition, it encourages them to take on new projects. I embrace appreciation and audience attendance at my screenings each time I have them.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I studied entrepreneurship at the university. I am a person that hates to be employed. The richest people in this world are entrepreneurs. Being employed by others will not make me rich. I drove my persona into a business module rather than slaving off for another.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
It was in 2013 when I was working under someone else. First comes passion, we get by, even when pay is scarce.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
First of all is when I was nominated at the Abuja international film festival for my film ‘The Superstition’ alongside Jackie Chan’s film, ‘Chinese Zodiac’.
This was motivating. My films made it to Arusha film festival in Tanzania as well as the Silicon Valley African film festival in the USA and the academy awards in Nigeria.
This shows me people appreciate my work out there. I have a passion for storytelling and film. If there was no passion I would have given up ages ago. Being an artist is challenging. It may be challenging all over the world, but I feel it in Uganda.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
Firstly, what motivates me today is the people I work with. They never give up no matter what circumstances or challenges appear. We face it together.
Secondly my mother Jacqueline Guglielmino. She encourages me, she is the most hardworking woman I have ever seen on this planet. I want to be like her.
Thirdly, my brothers. They have always had my back.
Fourthly, the awards that I win on projects with all those on my team.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Time tells, today you can see someone as low today, but tomorrow, he might be the one to bail you out, so be polite and humble
Be human, respect people’s hustle and what they want, as long as it’s not a crime.
So what I can tell them is, always give people a chance, empower them and believe in them. Believe in what they are trying to do, no matter how many years it may take. Artists careers take a long time to kick off but eventually, it does.
Even Albert Einstein went through challenges in his discoveries but is now celebrated.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
What can I advise all those that are aspiring in this creative sector?
No matter what challenges appear, always have hope and follow your dreams. Never ever mistreat people who make you or who have made you who you are. Have respect and focus on your path. Set goals and a clear vision for your passion and success will prevail.