Once Upon a Time in Uganda


Once Upon A Time In Uganda – Ottawa Premiere on July 14, 16, 17!

Advance tickets now available for Once Upon A Time In Uganda!

A brick maker in Uganda becomes an Internet sensation when he tries his hand at making action movies.

Florida Film Festival: Grand Jury Award winner!
Calgary Underground Film Festival: Audience Award nominee!
SXSW Film Festival: Grand Jury Award nominee!

10/10! “a triumph on all levels. It is filmed with style, follows immensely likable people, and has an infectious, exuberant spirit that is impossible to resist…In short, this is a masterpiece.” (Film Threat)

9/10! “the perfect representation of the enduring spirit of independent cinema, our love for movies, and how they bring the world together.” (Slash Film)

“instantly joins the pantheon of great films about the heroics of low-budget filmmakers” (The Movable Feast)

*Please take note that doors open 30 minutes before showtimes. We encourage people to arrive early. We have a small box office, a small candy bar, and a single-screen cinema, meaning that when most of an audience shows up a few minutes before showtime, it causes a bottleneck. If possible, we appreciate you arriving a little bit early to pick out your seat and get your popcorn. Thanks for your help!

In the slums of Kampala, two men from opposite sides of the world come together over a shared love for America’s greatest hero: Rambo. Against all odds, the two make their own action movies with no money — and bring joy to millions of people on the internet. Welcome to “Wakaliwood.” Through comedy and kung-fu, "Once Upon a Time in Uganda" chronicles the unlikely friendship between Isaac Nabwana, a director hailed as “Africa’s Tarantino,” and Alan Hofmanis, a film programmer from New York. While Isaac tirelessly makes feature after feature, Alan brings his films to international audiences. But tensions flare as Isaac’s star rises — threatening their partnership and all of Wakaliwood.
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