An American Genre Film Archive Ottawa Premiere on Thursday May 23rd – One Night Only!
Fantastic Fest: Best Director, and Audience Award winner!
Welcome to Wakaliwood, Uganda: home of Uganda Action Cinema, “DA BEST OF DA BEST MOVIES!” and the vanguards of DIY commando cinema.
Under the guidance of writer/producer/director Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG) and with producer/star Alan Ssali Hofmanis, this crack crew of self-taught filmmakers and martial arts aficionados produce dozens of gonzo action films in the Kampala ghetto with budgets that rarely exceed $200 USD. Utilizing scrap parts to build computers, machine guns and a full-sized Huey helicopter, these real-life superheroes inspire more heart, imagination and soul than a thousand Hollywood blockbusters.
“a mild-mannered doctor, portrayed by Wakaliwood producer Hofmanis, is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by a no-nonsense ghetto kid named Wesley Snipes(!) in an effort to steal back a family heirloom from Uganda’s toughest gang. A multitude of subplots ensue at a breakneck pace as Nabwana hurls his charismatic cast through bombastic firefights, dizzying motorcycle chases, and an absolutely madcap prison riot – all photographed with a thrilling gonzo panache and seeped in gleefully silly, self-deprecating humor. And in Uganda’s finest storytelling tradition, the films are complemented by the acerbic wit of narrator/”Video Joker” VJ Emmie, who sums up the Wakaliwood experience with a single sentiment: ‘It is a love story…LOVE OF ACTION!’” (Fantastic Fest)