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Wakaliwood Double Feature – Who Killed Captain Alex? + Bad Black

10 February 2023 | 7:00 pm


Doors 7:00pm
Screening 7:30pm

Tickets $10 or
pay-what-you-choose (door)

Wakaliwood Double FEature

Uganda, 2010. 68 minutes

Uganda, 2016. 68 minutes

The film gained viral notoriety for being a no-budget action film, produced on a budget reported to be either $85 or under $200. It has been viewed over 7.8 million times as of November 2022. The original version of the film was lost due to power outages and “strained conditions” according to director Nabwana I.G.G. Nabwana shot the film in January 2010 and edited it using a computer he assembled from old parts. The film’s props and camera equipment were fabricated from scrap metal at a machine shop next to Nabwana’s house. The actors supplied their own costumes; one of them was given a mask so he could play two different roles in the same scene.

Writer/director Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (AKA Nabwana IGG) is a major fan of Western action flicks and kung fu movies, and he crafted this film as something of an homage thereto, with a distinct Ugandan flavor. With his extremely limited budget, the visual effects aren’t spectacular (mostly looking like Photoshop jobs); the acting is mostly broad, coming from inexperienced and only marginally professional actors (though I thought Sserunya Ernest, who plays the leader of the Tiger Mafia, was actually pretty solid); the camera is clearly consumer-grade; the music consists largely of a pan-flute cover of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” (hell yes!); the editing is flat and simple; and the whole affair reeks of cheapness, especially to an American audience. All that said, this film is a helluva lot o’ fun!

– Allusions of Granduer


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10 February 2023
7:00 pm