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Once Upon a Time in Uganda

A brick maker in Uganda becomes an Internet sensation when he tries his hand at making action movies. (NR, 94 min.)


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

5:30 PM

Thursday, August 3, 2023

7:45 PM

Set in the heart of Uganda, two unlikely friends from opposite sides of the world unite over their shared love of Chuck Norris and gonzo 80’s action flicks. With sheer determination and an outrageous sense of humor, they team up to create their own explosive movies, catapulting Wakaliwood to international stardom and bringing laughter and joy to millions. Take a look behind the scenes of Wakaliwood, a world like no other, where you can definitely “expect the unexpectable.”
[Yellow Veil Pictures]

Starring: Nabwana I.G.G., Alan Hofmanis, VJ Emmie
Director: Cathryne Czubek
Genre: Documentary

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"[A] love letter to outsider DIY filmmaking."

— Anton Bitel, Little White Lies

"Once Upon a Time in Uganda reminds you how the art of moviemaking can make dreams real."

— Robert Daniels, The New York Times

"Once Upon a Time in Uganda is the perfect representation of the enduring spirit of independent cinema, our love for movies, and how they bring the world together."

— Ethan Anderton, Slashfilm

"Once Upon A Time In Uganda is a triumph on all levels. It is filmed with style, follows immensely likable people, and has an infectious, exuberant spirit that is impossible to resist."

— Bobby LePire, Film Threat

"The film is strongest when capturing Nabwana’s resourcefulness, the exuberance of the local volunteers who serve as his actors and crew, and the joy his films bring to a Ugandan audience hungry for movies."

— Robert Daniels, New York Times

"Everything about Cathryne Czubek’s joyous documentary about a self-taught and prolific Ugandan director named Isaac Nabwana and his sometimes co-star and devoted publicist Alan Hofman is irresistible."

— Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News

"Once Upon a Time in Uganda is the advocacy that Isaac’s auteurship and ideology need most—this doc helps one re-appreciate movie-making as a compulsive, creative odyssey, a shot-by-shot pursuit of elusive inner peace."

— Nick Allen,

"Mixing fly-on-the-wall observation with behind-the-scenes footage and reenactments, Czubek and Perez remain respectful, and even a little awestruck, while also understanding that Nabwana just wants everyone to have a good time."

— Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle