Filmmakers from Africa, steering away from conventional film school rules produce movies that grab the attention of audiences in their regions. Teamwork with an understanding of creating a great piece from passion makes it possible to produce low-cost movies and showcases promising filmmakers and actors
Nigerian movies took the lead in creating a pathway for marketing and distributing African culture internationally. Nollywood created a list of stars over the past 2 decades. Other African countries followed suit and created their local versions.
The success of Nollywood comes from telling African stories, the African way that western movies never could capture. Nollywood sparked off a cultural phenomenon all across the continent contributing $600 million annually to the Nigerian economy.
The common themes of movies from Africa revolve around love, power, money and corruption. Wakaliwood from Uganda as carved a niche into action films. It combines martial arts elements from China and action moves from the west into local Ugandan culture. combines martial arts elements from China and action moves from the west into local Ugandan culture.
In the midst of a fledgling movie business in Uganda, filmmaker Isaac Nabwana is a name synonymous with the homegrown world of movies, Wakaliwood. He has completed over forty low-budget movies from the slums in Kampala in a makeshift studio has found a cult of ongoing followers online. One such follower, a film festival director Alan Hofmanis, a film festival director in the US was so captured and flew all to Uganda to witness films being made for a documentary
He has completed over forty low-budget movies from the slums in Kampala in a makeshift studio. has found a cult of ongoing followers online. One such follower, a film festival director Alan Hofmanis, a film festival director in the US was so captured and flew all to Uganda to witness films being made on meagre budgets and filmed the workings in the ramshackle studio that makes jibs and props from DIY parts
Making movies for those that succeed with low budgets comes from passion and working with a team sharing ideals. Who killed captain Alex was made with US200. The most expensive movie Isaac Nabwana has made attracted foreign media including Al Jazeera and the BBC. . Reality scenes like riots in the streets provide perfect scenes for adding spice to action movies.
The action movie Who Killed Captain Alex registered a huge YouTube success . The trailer has exceeded 2.6 million views.
When he started in 2005 Nabwana never had the slightest idea that anyone out of the Wakaliga slum in Kampala would view his productions. Youtube brought Wakaliwood to grab an international following.
The action scenes in his movies are so unique that even the local Ugandan language dialogue does not matter. The movie has evolved into English voice-overs to appeal to audiences on a wider level. The spice of local dialect brings out the best performances by actors.
From a studio in the informal settlement of Wakaliga, Nabwana, eats, sleeps and dreams up action movie concepts and wakes up to make them into realities.
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