BAD BLACK / WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX?year-round
May 26, 2019 | 7:30PM | Egyptian Theatre
Discussion following with BAD BLACK producer Alan Hofmanis and Ebola Hunter (schedule permitting).
2016, 60 min, Uganda, Dir: Isaac Nawibana
Are you ready for the craziest, most over-the-top action film ever seen … from Wakaliwood, Uganda?! Bolstered by a love of action movies and a can-do attitude, the country’s most prolific filmmaker and his motley crew go to extraordinary lengths to create the best action movies known to mankind: From carving guns and ammo pouches out of wood to learning kung fu by copying ALL the moves from Bruce Lee films, these men pull out all stops to create wall-to-wall insanity, and the effect is hypnotizing. With almost every action movie trope imaginable – from heists to car chases, exploding helicopters to long bouts of hand-to-hand combat – this is the film that makes you realize how painfully lame Hollywood action films look compared with the wild, vivid and wonderful world of Wakaliwood.
WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX?
2010, AGFA, 64 min, Uganda, Dir: Nabwana I.G.G.
Welcome to Wakaliwood, Uganda, home of vanguards of DIY commando cinema writer-producer-director Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG) and 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. “WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? features Ugandan commandos, kung fu, a MIDI version of Seal’s ‘Kiss From a Rose,’ a rambunctious (and sometimes farting) in-film commentary track, and some more supa action. It’s a bat-shit crazy milestone to be honored in the film history books.” – Nick Allen, The Film Stage.