Once Upon a Time in Uganda

Once Upon a Time in Uganda

In the slums of Kampala, two men from opposite sides of the world come together over a shared love for America’s greatest hero: Rambo. Against all odds, the two make their own action movies with no money — and bring joy to millions of people on the internet. Welcome to “Wakaliwood.” Through comedy and kung-fu, "Once Upon a Time in Uganda" chronicles the unlikely friendship between Isaac Nabwana, a director hailed as “Africa’s Tarantino,” and Alan Hofmanis, a film programmer from New York. While Isaac tirelessly makes feature after feature, Alan brings his films to international audiences. But tensions flare as Isaac’s star rises — threatening their partnership and all of Wakaliwood.

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Cathryne Czubek

Hugo Perez




Directors: Cathryne Czubek, Hugo Perez
Executive Producer: Sarah Dowland, Gabriella Ludlow
Producer: Cathryne Czubek, Gigi Dement, Hugo Perez, Philip Sanchez
Cinematographer: Matt Porwoll
Editor: Cathryne Czubek, Amanda Hughes
Sound Designer: Bill Chesley
Music: Andrew Hollander
Principal Cast: Isaac Nabwana, Alan Hofmanis, Harriet Nabwana, Bisaso Dauda
Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Ark Martin, Co-Producer: Emma Fidel, Publicist: David Magdael, Publicist: Vince Johnson


Public Film Contact
Cathryne Czubek
Lights Camera Uganda LLC
Publicity Contact
Vince Johnson
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Action, Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Uganda
Language: English, Luganda
Runtime: 94 mins