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  • Summary: A high society wedding, a boxing club, a beauty salon, a school for survivors of the civil war: these are a few of the many places in Uganda discovered in Kimi Takesue’s feature documentary, Where Are You Taking Me. Employing an observational style, this documentary reveals multifaceted portraits of Ugandans in both public and private spaces. The film travels through Uganda, roaming the vibrant streets of Kampala and the rural quiet of the North, to reveal a diverse society where global popular culture finds expression alongside enduring Ugandan traditions. Throughout the journey, Where Are You Taking Me compels us to consider the complex interplay between the observer and the observed, and challenges our notions of both the familiar
    and exotic. (Lane Street Pictures)
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 2, 2012
    By holding the shot, as she so often does in this film, Takesue is encouraging audiences to take a deep, long look at things they might otherwise miss.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Feb 28, 2012
    The only time a subject directly addresses Takesue, it's with a doozy of a query: "Why are you taking my story to USA, New York?" The answer is as complex as the film itself, and as simple as deciding to not look away.
  3. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Mar 1, 2012
    Though it eventually includes landscape and wildlife, Where Are You Taking Me? is no survey of Uganda; it's too quiet, slow and personal for that. But the film is an unusual, visually rich visit to the nation.
  4. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Mar 2, 2012
    The documentary revels in the simple joys of finding something that captures the eye and paying attention to it.
  5. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Feb 28, 2012
    Takesue doesn't presume to tell anyone's story for him or her, but rather lets the activity on-screen speak for itself.
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