DOUBLE-FEATURE & LIVE EVENT
From Wakaliwood: Bad Black + Who Killed Captain Alex?
Saturday, May 18, 2:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Isaac Nabwana single-handedly creates action films at his home in the slums of Wakaliga, Uganda. Under his direction, an ingenious crew of self-taught filmmakers and martial arts aficionados have produced dozens of gonzo action films in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, 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. Do not miss this rare opportunity to see this outrageous, campy, and hilarious guerilla filmmaking on the big screen. View trailer.
In this special edition of MoMI’s monthly Fist and Sword series, two films by Nabwana, a.k.a. IGG, will be presented with a live Skype conversation in between shows with Nabwana, moderated by his co-producer, co-writer, and accidental action movie star Alan Ssali Hofmanis. Hofmanis is a native Long Islander and former Cinema Arts Centre programmer who sold everything he had and moved to a village in Uganda to help bring these films to the world.
About the films:
Directed by Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG). Uganda. 2016, 68 mins. DCP. With Alan Hofmanis.
“[Wherein] 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.’” (Peter Kuplowsky, Fantastic Fest)
Who Killed Captain Alex?
Directed by Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG). Uganda, 2010, 64 mins. DCP. with Alan Hofmanis.
“Who Killed Captain Alex? contains 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)
Wakaliwood is a combination of Wakaliga, the slum IGG calls home, and Hollywood. Over the years, IGG has assembled a dedicated team of actors, technicians, prop masters, martial artists, and stunt people who have traveled from all parts of East Africa to be part of his Vision. When not shooting, they team can be found rehearsing, building equipment and props out scrap metal, or distribute DVDs in the local markets. Surprisingly, IGG Nabwana himself has never been to a movie theater.
Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact email@example.com with questions regarding online reservations.)
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