Wakaliga, a small village in Uganda is home to Ramon Film Productions. This small studio has churned out dozens of ultra-low-budget action films in the Ugandan slums which have developed a bit of a cult following on the Internet. The village has been nicknamed “Wakaliwood” and is home to a group of actors, martial artists, stunt-people, and technicians who have signed on with filmmaker Nabwana IGG to make some of the wildest and weirdest z-grade action movies ever seen.
The studio gained some notoriety when their film Who Killed Captain Alex went viral on YouTube.
The hallmark of the Wakaliwood film is lots of fighting and unbelievably over-the-top CGI special defects that are used so shamelessly that you almost forget how terrible they are. There’s something incredibly endearing about these productions. It’s like a modern African take on the whole Little Rascals “let’s put on a show!” aesthetic—peppered with shitloads of fake blood and explosions.
Ramon Film Productions have released a new trailer for their “cooming soon” film, Operation Kakongoliro! The Ugandan Expendables.
Whereas the budget of Who Killed Captain Alex has been stated as $200 USD, this new film has a stated budget of $2000. Obviously that means it’s ten times as good.
This trailer is an absolute mind-melter, and as someone who sat through both American Expendables films, I can tell you that the Ugandan Expendables looks a hell of a lot more fun.
If the Ugandan Expendables trailer has given you a taste you want more of, check Sam McPheeters’ excellent VICE article on Nabwana’s studio for more information on the Wakaliwood phenomenon—and dive into this “action scenes only” edit of RFP’s first hit, Who Killed Captain Alex: