Here’s the Fantasia synopsis from David Bertrand:
Expect the Unexpectable! “Wakaliwood” — home to “da best of da best movies!” — is at the forefront of action-packed off-the-grid DIY commando cinema. Produced entirely in the ghetto of Wakaliga, Kampala, WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? is one of 40-plus feature films from prolific, self-taught writer/director/editor/cinematographer/producer Nabwana IGG, and the first to screen outside his home country. A viral sensation and a hit across the slums of Uganda, CAPTAIN ALEX has never before had a festival screening with the rabid party audience it deserves!
Funny, taut and frenetic, the film lives up to its hype as Uganda’s first action movie with a slew of gunfights, kung fu, and deliriously satisfying, over-the-top destruction. Made for less than $200, using real blood and a modified car-jack for a tripod, the all-Ugandan cast and crew channel their love for Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and American ‘80s action movies into a Commando vs. Mafia epic that features the country’s top self-taught martial artists, outrageous helicopter CGI, and a pan-flute version of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose.”
WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? is technically a “lost” film (strained conditions and a power surge led to the destruction of the original files). It was painstakingly restored from the best available source and pumped up with the first-ever English-language VJ (“Video Joker”) audio track. In Uganda, this play-by-play, joke-cracking commentary is considered an essential part of the film-viewing experience. Please shout along! WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? proudly screens at Fantasia with the premiere of new trailers and mindbending, never-before-seen clips of “up-an-cooming” Wakaliwood films, PLUS a live Skype session with director Nabwana IGG and his team of Ugandan action supa-stars!
And for those of you in Montreal attending the fest, here’s a special video the Wakaliwood team made in celebration of the premiere: