THE CHARACTERS

Photo by D'Andre Michael

Angela Bassett's intense portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It earned her a Golden Globe, an NAACP Image Award, and an Academy Award nomination.  She’s also been Emmy nominated for starring roles in American Horror Story and The Rosa Parks Story.  A prolific performer, she can be seen everywhere from Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege video game, to BBC’s Close to the Enemy to Millennium Films’ London Has Fallen.

Jim Gash is a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law and serves as Director of the Global Justice Program. In 2010, Professor Gash began traveling to Uganda to help imprisoned juveniles waiting for their day in court.  In recognition of his ongoing work in Uganda, Professor Gash received the 2013 Warren Christopher Award, which is presented to California’s International Lawyer of the Year.  Jim’s book “Divine Collision: An African Boy, An American Lawyer, and Their Remarkable Battle for Freedom” was published in 2016.

Tumusiime Henry was arrested in 2008 and charged alongside his father and younger brother with murder in conjunction with the killing of a local herdsman – even though Henry and his brother were indisputably in school when the killing occurred.  After his arrest, Henry and his brother were held in a juvenile “Remand Home” for nearly two years.  In 2009, Henry was charged with a second murder in conjunction with the death of another inmate. The following month, Henry met Professor Gash and both of their lives changes forever.

Bob Goff is a lawyer, adjunct law professor, speaker, and author of the New York Times Bestselling book “Love Does.”  Bob is also the President of an international non-profit organization called Love Does that fights for freedom and human rights and works to improve educational opportunities around the world.

Paula Hernandez is a Pepperdine law student from Southern California. She spent eight weeks in Uganda in 2014 working as a summer intern for Uganda’s Director of Public Prosecutions.

Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki served as Uganda’s Chief Justice from 2001 through 2015, making him the longest serving Chief Justice since Uganda gained its independence from Great Britain in 1962.  He was also the lead author of Uganda’s Constitution, which was ratified in 1995.

Andrew Neville came to Pepperdine from Philadelphia and spent the summer of 2014 working in the Anti-Corruption Division of the Ugandan High Court.

Magomu Wilson serves as an Assistant Commissioner of Prisons and is the Officer in Charge of Luzira’s Upper Prison – Uganda’s maximum security prison.  Though Upper Prison was built for six hundred prisoners, it currently houses more than three thousand, a majority of which are “on remand” waiting for their day in court.