14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
The Wakaliga ghetto in Uganda's capital is home to Ramon Film Productions, also known as Wakaliwood. The street is an action school where actors are trained, a production studio, and a studio where sets are made. Director Isaac, who created this place, bought a camcorder while working as a brick-making worker. Whenever he needs something for filmmaking, he makes it. Wakaliwood mainly produces action movies that guarantee fun. So even their horror films have comedy in them. After seeing them on YouTube, American film student Allen goes to Wakaliwood as their spectacle has the essence of a film that transcends trendy charm. In Uganda, white people are called “muzungu”, and Allen gets beaten up as a muzungu villain actor. Of course, he's also Isaac's best partner as a producer for international distribution. There is a twist in Wakaliwood films, he says. This is what many film lovers will shout together. “Wakaliga is our home. We call this place Wakaliwood. This is our Hollywood, only better!”
NY based director and producer. Screw You Cancer(2013) her award-winning doc series for Condé Nast. She directed the feature documentary A Girl and a Gun(2013) that premiered at the 2012 DOC NYC film festival.