Americans live in a land of privilege. Whether it is realized or not, this privilege sweeps from coast to coast, coating all those is passes over with better than average. Of course, America is full of poor and underprivileged who are ignored, but for those who are reading this, sitting at a computer somewhere, we most likely are not those invisible Americans. And it is precisely because we are often so blind to how much better we have it than others that we happy Americans need to be made sad with a global view now and again. One thing which more than provides that sobering view of a world different from ours is Biro, a new film released from Cinema Libre Studios.

This film was taped from a live performance at Uganda’s National Theater in 2003 and is visually and mentally arresting from beginning to end. Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine shines the whole way though this amazing journey of one man. Written, directed and performed by Mwine, a Ugandan American photographer and actor, Biro is a shocking vision of what life is often like for the rest of the world.

We see Biro as he sits in his jail cell in Texas and speaks of his life and the experiences he’s had in it. He fought as a soldier in the Ugandan uprising in 1979, came down with AIDS (diagnosed in Cuba), and ended up in jail in Texas. Based on a true story, Biro reaches out to broken hearts and shattered dreams the world across, because he’s seen it all. Biro draws the viewers in and only lets them go after a long, and at times, hard, look into life for other people.

Biro is a champion of theater, wholly engrossing, monstrous in scope and effect, but human in heart.

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