If you’re a film buff who has taken heed to the rise of Wakaliwood through the lasting affects of viral video, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name IGG – or Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey in full.
There’s also a good chance you’ve spotted your fair share of some of the most unbelievably gonzo action movie trailer-age straight from this humble little film industry in Uganda that’s been slowly growing its profile.
Some of its residental talents are pretty damn good at screenfighting and showcasing their craft accordingly. Say what you will about the crap dialogue and VFX as per the result of $200 film productions but if there’s one thing you can’t deny about this particular collective is that they are driven!
Moreover, as pertinent as timing is, show this to a certain film festival crowd now and guaranteed folks will fondly leave mindblown and in stitches. If you yourself are keen, then take a gander to the American Genre Film Archive announcing its acquisition of IGG’s Who Killed Captain Alex?, shot and produced by its 2010 release.
The original film was lost with only a low quality DVD render left as IGG dealt with harsh working conditions along with erasing his computer at the time to make room for more film projects.
To date, the film’s free YouTube availability has earned it up to this point has earned it more than 2.8 million views. Going forward, the AGFA will also package Who Killed Captain Alex? as a Blu-Ray double feature coinciding with Nabwana’s 2016 film, Bad Black, starring Wakaliwood’s cadre of talent listing “Wesley Snipes” and “Commando Jesus”.
The double feature will release on May 14, 2019, and for what it’s worth, this could be the start of something awesome for Nabwana and Wakaliwood altogether.
If you’re new to this trend and your sensibilities need warming up, Who Killed Captain Alex? has a trailer below from way back that ought to do the trick. Check it out and embrace the hype (h/t Dawn Of The Discs):
Welcome to Wakaliwood, Uganda: home of “DA BEST OF DA BEST MOVIES!” and the vanguards of DIY commando cinema! Under the guidance of writer-director-producer 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. AGFA is proud to bring two of the most reckless, out-of-control brain-blasts in the Wakaliwood canon to home video for the first time ever — Who Killed Captain Alex and Bad Black! And in Uganda’s finest storytelling tradition, the films are complemented by the acerbic wit of narrator/VJ (Video Joker) VJ Emmie, who sums up the Wakaliwood experience with a single sentiment: “It is a love story… LOVE OF ACTION!” NOTE: These films were fueled by love and created with DIY equipment. Please approach the technical quality of the transfers with empathy.
WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX with or without VJ Emmie
BAD BLACK with VJ Emmie
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