The Road We Travel by Alexandra Nicolaides
After arriving in Uganda without any money, a downtrodden photographer befriends a local taxi driver who offers him a place to stay, forcing him to embrace a culture very different to his own.
Director: Aidan Belizaire
Aidan is a musically trained film and TV director from Manchester, England. He has been working in the UK film & TV industry for 6 years, directing music videos, commercials, short films, TV pilots, and tasters. His debut feature film, The Zombie King, starring Corey Feldman (The Goonies, Lost Boys) and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2, American History X) has been distributed worldwide.
THE ROAD WE TRAVEL is his first African film, but he hopes to make many more on the continent.
When I booked my plane ticket to Uganda, it was simply to visit the country for the first time. However, it wasn’t long before I began thinking about what I could film during my trip.
I started by asking myself some simple questions. What if I was suddenly dropped into a new country with a very different culture to my own? How would I react to its different rules and etiquette? How would I interact with the local people? My answers became the initial ideas behind THE ROAD WE TRAVEL.
Despite having clear (and often comedic) elements of a stereotypical ‘fish out of water’ story, THE ROAD WE TRAVEL is primarily about friendship and recovery. A foreigner (James) and a local (Moses) meet at a time in each of their lives where they are able to help one another.
The two lead characters each identify with one side of the ongoing debate between religion and atheism. Depending on your own beliefs, my aim was for you the audience to view their meeting as either sheer coincidence, or unequivocal fate. Or perhaps somewhere in between!
As for the setting, I don’t think THE ROAD WE TRAVEL would be the same if we’d shot anywhere else. Uganda is such a beautiful country, from the brilliant landscapes to the warm and caring nature of its people. It isn’t surprising that the pain James carries on arrival does not leave with him.
I hope you enjoy the film.
– Aidan Belizaire