Directed by Nabwana I.G.G. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org. Africa was becoming increasingly independent, in terms of sovereignty at least, during the time of these films. Much of its popularity overseas is owed to its energetic YouTube trailers, low quality but exciting action/gunfight sequences, and authentic action styling and camera work. It can certainly be problematic to assume Who Killed Captain Alex? Uganda's president gives Captain Alex the mission to defeat the Tiger Maffia, but Alex gets killed in the process. Comparison to the silent era of Hollywood reminds us that Nabwana is the first true African movie mogul. But Who Killed Captain Alex? is a 2010 Ugandan action-comedy film written, produced, and directed by Nabwana Isaac Geoffrey Godfrey, in Wakaliwood, an ultra low-budget studio in Kampala, Uganda. is a love letter to movies Joblo. The distraught Richard (after learning of his brother's capture by the USF on national TV), with the help of his double agent/spy on the inside of the USF command structure, retaliates with a massive assault on the USF base that results in the death of Captain Alex (it is disputed who killed him, however) and the USF falling into disarray for quite a while. African Cinema (or what could also be referred to as Post-Colonial African Cinema, but I believe this terminology to be inaccurate) was born in 1963 with the release of Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene’s short film Borom Sarret (The Wagoner), and truly arrived with his debut feature film La Noire De… (Black Girl) in 1965. Then played straight when the helicopter drops off some Supa Dupa Ugandans in New York City, and they attack Katz's Delicatessen. Sembene’s work slowly found some sort of second life in Europe, but that was confined to academia and the cinephiles. Unlike the pioneers of Hollywood, both Nollywood and Wakaliwood have an extraordinary tool at their disposal- but only the latter has made use of it to attract the wider world. Distasteful and ludicrously plotted, I Know Who Killed Me is a career nadir for all involved -- particularly Lindsay Lohan in a dual role. Sembene was a pioneer in truly reclaiming African culture and telling African stories, both in literature and on screen. Wakaliwood’s work has received tens of millions of views on the internet, and all despite a budget of approximately $200. Virality was clearly not Nabwana’s intention, but his creation has amassed a cult following who have sustained the film’s popularity on social media. Beyond the festival route, African Cinema still didn’t penetrate the mainstream in any way since the derivative and diminishing, Now we have a brief overview of African Cinema’s history, just what makes, Comparing Wakaliwood to the Silent Greats, It cannot be argued that Africa Cinema is in its infancy, especially as it is a continent which contains the world’s third largest film industry, Nollywood. General audiences do not inherently refer to the Cinema of France as European Cinema, or the Cinema of South Korea as Asian Cinema. Splitting hairs over definitions is all well and good amongst a select few. They need to learn more about African Cinema before they can separate the Cinema of, say, Uganda or Nigeria, from African Cinema. Source: Who Killed Captain Alex? The film has achieved the same sort of impact as the aforementioned films, on a larger and less intellectual scale. To refer to this second phase as “The Wilderness Years” would be a gross exaggeration, but artistic breakthroughs were not translating to the development of the continent’s cinematic culture or its global influence. The plot is good, a man appears to be dead in a bombing at Grand Central Station. It is this sincerity that will attract international audiences in the long-term. One look at Wakaliwood’s growth, and its continued international attention through various press outlets and film festivals, draws very promising comparisons- but on Wakaliwood’s terms. Haile Gerima’s Sankofa and Roger Gnoan M’Bala’s Adanggaman are, to my mind, two of the best films from my self-defined second phase of African Cinema. I Know Who Killed Me Critics Consensus. Who Killed Captain Alex. The captain’s method of undermining her father is to seduce and (as more than one character puts it) “corrupt” the officers under his command. The common thread between these films is that they were announcements of a new type of filmmaker, or a new type of storytelling, or both. will achieve the recent crossover success of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, but the financial support of its fanbase allows for Wakaliwood to be a full-time profession for Nabwana and many of the people of Wakaliga. Read it! Beyond the festival route, African Cinema still didn’t penetrate the mainstream in any way since the derivative and diminishing The Gods Must Be Crazy franchise a decade earlier (it should be noted they found success in Asia, but more on that later). Who: Dr. Curt Connors; Source: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) There's no place like home. We need more African filmmakers and more African academics, growing up with better resources and a more varied cinematic canon to draw upon. The likes of Nollywood seem content where they are, and that is a big problem. As it becomes the largest film market in the world, Western filmmakers are scrambling for Chinese money with very mixed results – The Great Wall, Iron Man 3 and Transformers being notable culprits of trying to appease Chinese audiences who were left unimpressed- and the key seems to be not pandering to them. It is an attempt at commercial, mainstream entertainment. Paul Westphal Death- Obituary, Dead, Funeral : American basketball player Paul Douglas Westphal has died Saturday, January 2, 2020. provided action filmmaking on Ugandan terms. Here's a guide to the cast and characters of 2019 horror gem Ready Or Not.Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, Ready Or Not cast Samara Weaving as a newlywed who takes part in a traditional, post-wedding game of hide-and-seek with her husband's eccentric family. Overlooking the potentially more sinister and disturbing complexities of Sino-African relations, as economic and political oppression in a different guise, there are shared interests for African nations and China, especially in undermining America’s soft power. Also, a panpipes cover of Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" plays during completely inappropriate times, like during a serious drama scene or a stealth scene. The first truly African film by an African filmmaker. And the entire group helped cover it up to frame Monty, who was killed in prison. became a viral hit for several reasons, one of which is the kind of film it is- a piece of Genre filmmaking. The distraught Richard (after learning of his brother's capture by the USF on national TV), with the help of his double agent/spy on the inside of the USF command structure, retaliates with a massive assault on the USF base that results in the death of Captain Alex (it is disputed who killed him, however) and the USF falling into disarray for quite a while. There were many incredible African films made during this period, but even today many of them are hard to find. The adapted screenplay was written by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson. Like all moguls, he has thrived by making use of developing technologies. — Mason to Woods. The common thread between these films is that they were announcements of a new type of filmmaker, or a new type of storytelling, or both. Killer of Sheep. This thinkpiece could be criticised for being yet another analysis written within a Western frame of reference- that I am praising Who Killed Captain Alex? The characters are more than game pieces that the author moves around the novel to solve the novel. But I believe this umbrella term is appropriate, and arguably more appropriate than breaking down the continent’s Cinema into its linguistic regions. These three films represent attempts to address the past, namely the occupation of rediscovering a pre-colonial history in relation to the impact of the slavery and colonization. The likes of Sissako have led the way in presenting bold African filmmaking in the last decade, but these films and filmmakers are still not getting out there to wider audiences, unless those audiences really put in effort to seek them out. As covered in my article about the doors that Black Panther has potentially opened to audiences, to expose them to more authentic African storytelling, high-concept genre filmmaking transcends cultural boundaries. VJ Emmie lampshades the use of totally inappropriate music as the Tiger Mafia gang doing an. Your donations will help build Uganda's first action movie studio and provide the foundation for a sustainable business here in Wakaliwood. It’s hard to really map out this phase as I consider it to be ongoing. It just makes everything comedic for some reason. Upon hearing the tragic news, his brother investigates to avenge Alex. Votes: 7,203 Read it! The fact they are masterpieces has ensured they are more than just an interesting historical marker. Cinema started as a form of entertainment before it became primarily about business. was not part of a nationalized cinema, and it breaks new ground on multiple levels in the same way that Hollywood’s film industry did back when it started. Americans know their Cinema, as do British people, Chinese, Australian, French… but do Africans? Read more about The Death of Feminism (Not Really!) Whilst progress was slow, the Diaspora’s Cinema, especially in America, was thriving around this phase with filmmakers like Spike Lee and Tyler Perry offering vastly different films. The novel makes some assumptions and some explicit arguments about female sexual agency and the madonna-whore dichotomy which are certainly questionable and which demand detailed discussion. Let's try it again. The film was made for over a year and a half in early 2010 on a budget of less than US$85(215,000 Ugandan shillings; or about $256 at Uganda's 2010 private consumption PPP conversion factor), which was raised via crowdfunding websites and donations. The movie is scored with whatever music was royalty free. Explore and connect the world through a cinematic lens, The Ugandan action comedy that became an internet sensation heralds the future of African Cinema. Killer of Sheep. “…films like Who Killed Captain Alex? What Nabwana has achieved in Wakaliga since then is nothing short of remarkable. 723 films watched. They see no need to reach out beyond their receptive audience, and in the face of Globalism that is a poor move. Percent Change From Preceding Period in Real Gross Domestic Product.” Accessed Dec. 27, 2020. It’s unlikely Who Killed Captain Alex? The red mercenary's hand held machine gun, when he is fighting the USF commandos, comes with no iron sights at all, so he basically hip fires it for the entirety of the fight, who still manages to rack up a huge body count in spite of it. The full film was released on Youtube in 2015, and was released as a Blu-ray double feature in June of 2019 with Bad Black. It exists in an absurd reality slightly removed from our own. Alle films bij Pathé Thuis hebben Nederlandse ondertiteling en veel films zijn ook in HD beschikbaar Op zoek naar een leuke film? That alone demonstrates a shift in the kind of stories being told in Africa, by Africans. has ushered in a more global, varied African Cinema that is advancing further towards the fourth phase- and that is why it is the most important African film of the 21st Century. It cannot be argued that Africa Cinema is in its infancy, especially as it is a continent which contains the world’s third largest film industry, Nollywood. Adanggaman is a scathing examination of Africans’ role in the Atlantic Slave Trade. In May 1962, dozens of wealthy passengers are dancing in the ballroom and upon the deck of the Italian ocean liner, Antonia Graza, while an Italian woman, Francesca, sings \"Senza Fine\". Filmwelt Filmclub #28 - Who Killed Captain Alex?- Ausgewählt von DerLindi Vor der eigentlichen Review möchte ich erstmal folgendes sagen und zwar RESPEKT! His decision to join the force had frayed friendships. Elsewhere, a hand presses a lever that unravels a thin wire cord from a spool. bmun uses Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists. Uganda's president gives Captain Alex the mission to defeat the Tiger Maffia, but Alex gets killed in the process. This is where the biggest issue that still limits the potential of African Cinema originated- seriously underdeveloped models of exhibition and distribution. Want more? Pan-Africanism was becoming far more prominent, and Africans were in some ways beginning to shed the gentrified culture enforced upon them by oppressive colonialism. AGFA is proud to bring two of the most reckless, out-of-control brain-blasts in the Wakaliwood canon to home video for the first time ever -- WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX and BAD BLACK! Directed by Nabwana I.G.G.. With Kakule William, Kakule Wilson, Sserunya Ernest, G. Puffs. How can conversation turn to National Cinemas when the vast majority lack an awareness of the vast distinctions between African nations and their cultures? The fact they are masterpieces has ensured they are more than just an interesting historical marker. Nabwana’s maverick approach is markedly different to other film industries within Africa, leading him to the kind of success they have been unable to achieve. WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? Certain African countries nationalized their cinemas to ensure the production of empowering, indigenous films, but upon first glance it appears that far more should have been invested into these national Cinemas. Director: Nabwana I.G.G. There is a lack of outlets to educate Africans of their cinematic history, and that is partially because so many classic African films have not been preserved and restored. Limited edition of 25, signed and numbered. Chaplin, Keaton and the studio moguls were a bunch of entertainers messing around in the California sunshine, in self-imposed exile to escape the monopolistic clutches of Thomas Edison over on America’s east coast. It demonstrates that the issues plaguing the exhibition and distribution of African Cinema’s rich variety of stories can be overcome. Who Killed Captain Alex? There is nothing academic, analytical or intellectual about it- the film’s only intention is to be a film. Who: Spider-Man; Source: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Alvin and the Chipmunks film series . is the best African film of this century, but it is the film that signifies a shift in cultural influences, of overcoming the continent’s past limitations in distribution and exhibition, and responding to a supposedly decolonized, increasingly globalized world, where power is shifting Eastward. It all starts with Nabwana- he has more ambition for Cinema beyond the art of filmmaking than perhaps any other African filmmaker in history. The fact it is a piece of Genre cinema is crucial, too. is the first African film that has taken advantage of that. This is where Who Killed Captain Alex? is an African film primarily influenced by Eastern culture. This represents a much-needed evolution in what sort of African stories were being told. Before the conversation can advance, it needs to really get started. The tactics and strategy for both the initial attack on the Tiger Mafia base and the final assault to kill Richard is basically a. Moonlight.Three films, two from African American filmmakers, that stand out not just because of their quality, but because they are films that broke new ground. But there is still a way to go. A real pageturner. This is a point I have brought up before many times, because I believe this is the best way to kickstart a fourth phase of African Cinema. Abderrahmane Sissako, as well, represent an increasingly emotionally complex, philosophically sophisticated and sensitive type of African Cinema. They are going to be the future of this industry. Alex Kueng is one of four former officers accused of crimes in the killing of Mr. Floyd, which happened on his third shift. The limitations of Phase One remained. Rebellion movement in the USA, and his film deals with the Diaspora’s need to remember its heritage. ", "You can't intimidate me! This kind of kinetic cinema will reach wider audiences and be a much easier sell to distributors both niche and mainstream. The first truly African film by an African filmmaker. (There are, of course, other notable landmark films in African and African-American Cinema, such as Cheryl Dunye’s, African Cinema (or what could also be referred to as Post-Colonial African Cinema, but I believe this terminology to be inaccurate) was born in 1963 with the release of Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene’s short film, There were many incredible African films made during this period, but even today many of them are hard to find. has brought him into the orbit of the most important film market of the present day. And a bold coming-of-age gay love story d… Who Killed Captain Alex? African Cinema was also hindered by a lack of technology and education in filmmaking, as well as a lack of development in the business side of the film industry- it would hardly benefit the West to support the continent in these regards, as it would be a way to increase Africa’s “soft power” and cultural impact across the world, especially within the Soviet Union. Doubtlessly to the chagrin of far more seasoned experts and academics in the field of Africa Cinema, I have always used the term “African Cinema” to refer to the cinematic output of the Continent’s 54 countries, unless referring to a very specific National Cinema, such as Nollywood, in the context of an article. As covered in my article about, Something many African Cinemas seem to struggle to understand is that the vast majority of cinemagoers are not interested in, As one of the few filmmakers to be part of this solution to the issues that have held back African Cinema, Nabwana has taken this a step further- the inspiration for, Nabwana’s relationship with China and Martial Arts, Through a long-time passion for martial arts movie from the East, Nabwana seems to be one of the only African filmmakers capitalizing on Chinese interest in the continent. Action, Horror and Sci-Fi films trade in the emotional manipulation of the audience. arrived, there was no going back. Kiplinger. The command structure for the USF is little seen, and the ones that do often tend to go into combat like a regular soldier. The internet allows for overcoming the historical problems of distribution that have crippled African Cinema. arrived on YouTube to little fanfare, until it quickly exploded into the most-exposed piece of African filmmaking ever. | Stars: Kakule William, Kakule Wilson, Sserunya Ernest, G. Puffs. It cannot just be written off as an attempt to enter into those canons of filmmaking. Instead, we began to see more stories that reflect on deeper questions like African identity, and an independent Africa’s place in the world. On Friday night’s Gold Rush, Parker Schnabel’s team is trying to move a huge trommel down the road to the airstrip. “We love the Chinese culture of Kung Fu which has its own importance like body fitness, self-defense … we need that in our society, it is almost a medicine,”. Because these films weren’t exposed to a significant audience or upcoming filmmakers during the first three decades of Phase One, it’s no surprise that they don’t come up in conversation with anyone but the most cineliterate or dedicated enthusiasts. There are a variety of reasons for this, such as a lack of proper preservation of original negative prints, a lack of awareness among African audiences, and a lack of voices bringing African Cinema into mainstream conversation. because it adheres to my Western perceptions of what cinema is and how stories should be structured. “I know we need good cameras, computers but even without, you can not just sit, we have the talent, we have the passion, we can do it… We are training children, they are ten in number. There was less of a sociopolitical motivation to leave an African mark on the cinematic medium, as this had been achieved over the last three decades. It has gained viral notoriety for being a no-budget action film, produced on a reported budget of under $200 though producer Alan Hofmanis admitted that it was a meager $85. Now we have a brief overview of African Cinema’s history, just what makes Who Killed Captain Alex? the most important African film that has been offered up in the last 18 years? It indicates a way forward for African Cinema to become a more vocal force on the world stage, and looking at the making of this ludicrously entertaining film is a great way to chart the evolution of African Cinema in the last 55 years, which draws certain parallels to the birth of Western Cinema. These are the tactics of Silent Cinema, as previously mentioned. You don’t need to read subtitles to appreciate stunt work or an effective scare. It achieves exactly the same thing, announcing a new type of filmmaking to the world, although by accident- Nabwana only made his film for the entertainment of the people of Wakaliga, but when it got uploaded to YouTube it introduced the internet to a unique piece of African filmmaking. With Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns. Because these films weren’t exposed to a significant audience or upcoming filmmakers during the first three decades of Phase On. If you are to build a film industry, we have to start from children… My dream is seeing a big studio with the young generation learning how to edit, direct and write scripts. I am not saying Who Killed Captain Alex? Progress was being made, of course, but it’s hard to identify any notable cinematic movement or evolution of Africa’s film industries in a business sense. They spearhead what I consider to be the three phases of African and African-American Cinema (more on that in a moment). This does not dilute its contribution to African Cinema, in fact quite the opposite- like Black Girl, it is a film that spearheads a phase of African Cinema. Respekt an DerLindi das er so einen Film ausgewählt hat und besonderen Respekt an die Menschen die hinter diesem Film stehen und die hier mit einem gigantischen Budget von 200! “Nabwana is the first true African movie mogul.”. Starring Kakule William. And there may well be an unintentional, subconscious element of that, especially in my earlier comparison of Nabwana’s efforts to that of the early Hollywood moguls. After stealthily sneaking into the base, taking out a few guards, and directly assaulting the base (interrupting a drug deal that the gang was conducting and getting the USF into a deadly and long gunfight with multiple Tiger Mafia goons), the USF commandos manage to capture the brother of the gang's leader Richard and escape unharmed. I don’t see a more effective way to increase Africa’s presence in the global cinematic conversation, advance the growth of its moviegoing culture and become a more financially influential market, than producing more Genre films. For other uses, see Mason. This lack of infrastructure makes it even harder to alter the situation. that will compel people to learn more, to incite change, and crucially give the entire heritage of African Cinema back to Africans in a meaningful and widespread way. If China pushes for as much development and intersection in Cinema as they have in so many other parts of the Continent, it will accelerate awareness of African Cinema- and Nabwana’s films would have started it all. “Bruce Lee was famous here, and I think he is one of the few Chinese who sold the Chinese image in Uganda… [he] made a very remarkable impact on us,”. The Ugandan soldiers and commandos in this movie wear camouflage clothing you can find in a typical Walmart or military survival store and wear no identifying patches, body armour or even military harnesses or gear. Sembene still relied on French support to get many of his earlier works made- he educated himself and developed his artistic occupations whilst in Europe, which he then brought back to the continent. And a bold coming-of-age gay love story depicting a truly African-American experience that successfully crossed over into the mainstream and awards glory. IF YOU HAVE FAN VIDEO - POST AND SEND US A LINK! It is based on the 2006 novel Cross by James Patterson and the third installment of the Alex Cross film series, which was considered as a reboot of the series. So what does Who Killed Captain Alex?, a film whose narrator blurts out “dinosaurs” with no context as its hero hides among a flock of Pelicans, have to do with these masterpieces? 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