American Genre Film Archive (AGFA), the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, is excited to announce a June 11, 2019 release date for WAKALIWOOD SUPA ACTION VOLUME 1, featuring BAD BLACK and WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX.
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-cinematographer-editor Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG), Wakaliwood’s crack crew of self-taught filmmakers and martial arts aficionados produce dozens of action films in the Kampala ghetto of Wakaliga 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.
“We’re honored to help the two most out-of-control brain-blasts in the Wakaliwood canon reach a wider audience,” said AGFA director Joe Ziemba. “In 2016, BAD BLACK won the coveted Audience Award at Fantastic Fest in Austin, and now the rest of the world can find out why.”
AGFA’s release of WAKALIWOOD SUPA ACTION VOLUME 1 marks the first time in history that a movie from Uganda will be released on Blu-ray.
“We were waiting for the technology to catch up (or perhaps catch down) before unleashing the film to a hungry audience,” said Wakaliwood founder Nabwana IGG. “That’s what we do, after all. Look around you. All I see are people who are hungry. Starving! For Action. Kung Fu. Explosions. Adventure. That’s where we come in. As a small village in Africa, we at Wakaliwood are determined to provide for every person on the planet who is hungry. For Action Movies.”
Ahead of the home video release, Alan Ssali Hofmanis (Wakaliwood Ambassador and America’s Greatest Action Star — according to Uganda), alongside stars Ebola Hunter and Seggwanyi da Killer Gourd, will embark on a cross-country tour to present the films and shoot a new action film with Nabwana IGG directing via Skype from Uganda. The tour kicks off on May 13 at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
“The truth is, I have no idea what is happening,” said Alan Ssali, the native New Yorker who sold everything he had to move to Uganda and be part of Wakaliwood. “It’s like I joined the Circus. Things get weirder all the time. Now I’m going on a tour? Okay!”
Blu-ray/DVD special features include:
– WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX with or without VJ Emmie
– BAD BLACK with VJ Emmie
– Director’s Commentary
– Behind da scenes
– Trailers and commercials
– Interviews and news clips
– Music videos
– Welcome videos for 14 countries
– Fan videos from around da world
– Subtitles in 40 languages and dialects
Screening dates (more TBA):
5/13 – Museum of Modern Art / New York City, NY
5/14 – Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers / Yonkers, NY
5/15 – Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn / Brooklyn, NY
5/15 – Alamo Drafthouse New Mission / San Francisco, CA
5/15 – Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet / Kansas City, MI
5/17 – Museum of the Moving Image / Queens, NY
5/22 – Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake / Denver, CO
5/23 – Cinema Arts Centre / Huntington, NY
5/29 – Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar / Austin, TX
5/30 – Tinker Street Theater / Woodstock, NY