Ugandan filmmaker Ashraf Simwogerere was kidnapped last week during the premiere of his new film Murder in the City. Apparently he disappeared before the screening ended, as he could not be located when he was called upon to address the audience. No need to worry, though, because he was found early Monday morning. His hands and legs had been bound and he was left on a railway line. But, he was discovered and taken to a local hospital, where he has been treated for dizziness and high blood pressure.

Here is what happened to him during the kidnapping: He was approached by someone pretending to be a fan who tricked him into entering a car. He was blindfolded and driven to an unknown place where he was locked inside a room. He was then ordered to hand over the script for the sequel to Murder in the City, which he didn't have. Not willing to give up on the idea, the kidnappers gave him a pen and paper and asked him to write the script out for them. He did. Finally, after making threats to the filmmaker's family, the kidnappers asked him to answer questions about a real-life murder case, which they assumed Murder in the City was based on. Simwogerere insisted that he knew nothing of that case and that his film had nothing to do with it. After being convinced that he told the truth, the kidnappers must have then ditched him on the railway line.
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