Director: Nabwana I.G.G.
Writer: Alan Hofmanis, Nabwana I.G.G.
Cast: Nalwanga Gloria, Alan Hofmanis, Bisaso Dauda, Bukenya Charles, Kizito Robert
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2017
After a difficult childhood, Bad Black (Nalwanga Gloria) rose in the ranks of Kampala’s underworld and is now in a position of power herself. American Doctor Ssali (Alan Hofmanis) just wants to do his job and treat the Ugandans, but he and Bad Black clash as she takes all of his stuff. Now Ssali has to take matters into his own hands to get his things back and to continue his work. So he takes lessons from a tough ghetto kid called Wesley Snipe to prepare for his fight with Bad Black.
I was in no way prepared for Bad Black and I can honestly say that it was quite an experience – an experience that I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to miss.
What I knew about Wakaliwood films before going into this film can be easily summarized: Ugandan low-budget action movies. I assumed that they would be persiflages, but it turns out that Wakaliwood films are absolutely serious about what they’re doing. Also, they’re actually no-budget action movies.
But the biggest surprise was that the film comes with VJ Emmie, who provides its very own, built-in MST3K-type commentary on the film. This comes from the history of cinema in Uganda and the linguistic diversity there, but what once was a patch for a bug in the system has since turned into an absolute feature.
That combination makes the film a delicious experience that does end up being funny as hell, even though the film itself is absolutely unironic. At the same time, though, I’m sure that people more familiar/more into 80s action movies will enjoy this much more than I did.
The story is also surprisingly confusing and I’m not sure if I followed everything (correctly). This probably stems from boiling everything down to a minimum (including the runtime), most likely due to budget constraints.
Be that as it may, I can honestly say that you should watch at least one Wakaliwood film in your life. It has to be seen and veejayed to be believed.
Summarizing: Can’t really be compared to anything and it’s amazing.