Ani Mulalu? The Crazy World (2014)

Ani Mulalu? The Crazy World
Director: Nabwana I.G.G.
Writer: Alan Hofmanis, Nabwana I.G.G.
Cast: Isaac Newton Kizito, Kirabo Beatrice, Nattembo Racheal Monica, Kayibaare Fausitah, Lubega Jojo, Kyazze Phillo, Alex, Mukiibi Alex, Kabuye John, Nakabiiri Tisha, Kasigwa Diana, Wephukulu Anthony, Nabaggala Phionah, Bisaso Dauda, Kagolo Francis, Farouk
Part of: We Are One Film Festival
Seen on: 29.5.2020

Plot:
Tiger Mafia have been kidnapping children at the behest of Mr. Big (Mukiibi Alex). When they kidnap the daughter Diana (Kirabo Beatrice) of the greatest commando (Bisaso Dauda) just as he returns home, it seems at first that they have bitten off more than they can chew. But in the end, Tiger Mafia succeeds and the commando turns crazy. But when another father (Wephukulu Anthony) stumbles upon him as he tries to chase after his son Kido (Isaac Newton Kizito) who has been kidnapped as well, the two fathers team up to save their children. Not that they need much saving, given that their kids are proficient martial artists themselves.

I haven’t seen many Wakaliwood movies so far (Who Killed Captain Alex? and Bad Black), but those I have seen have been utterly delightful in the anarchist way they pay hommage to action movies. Ani Mulalu? The Crazy World is another case in point. As long as you don’t expect the films to adhere to Western storytelling standards, you’ll have the time of your life.

The film poster showing a drawing of planet earth in a trench coat holding a gun to its head; and a bunch of kids in karate poses.
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Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010)

Who Killed Captain Alex?
Director: Nabwana I.G.G.
Writer: Nabwana I.G.G.
Cast: Kakule WilsonSserunya ErnestG. PuffsKavubu MuhammedKasumba IsmaFaizat MuhammedBisaso Dauda
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2017
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Plot:
Captain Alex (Kakule Wilson) is supposed to get rid of the Tiger Mafia. But after the army succesfully captures the Mafia leader’s (Sserunya Ernest) brother, they get attacked in return and Alex is killed in the raid on the army camp. His brother takes up the mantle to revenge Alex’ death.

Who Killed Captain Alex? is the second Wakaliwood film they showed at the /slash (the first being Bad Black), but it is the first Wakaliwood film ever (you can watch it here in its entirety) and it shows, particularly in the veejaying that doesn’t quite flow as well as in the later film.

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Bad Black (2016)

Bad Black
Director: Nabwana I.G.G.
Writer: Alan Hofmanis, Nabwana I.G.G.
Cast: Nalwanga Gloria, Alan Hofmanis, Bisaso DaudaBukenya CharlesKizito Robert
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2017
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Plot:
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.

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