Title: Who Killed Captain Alex?
Release Date: 1 March 2015
Director: Nabwana I.G.G.
Production Company: Ramon Film Productions
Who Killed Captain Alex? is Uganda’s first action film. How do I know this? Because the movie itself let’s it be known that it’s “Uganda first action film” on multiple occasions. It’s reported to be made on a budget of approximately $200 and it shows. It tells the story of the titular Captain Alex leads his commandos against the Tiger Mafia, and then is mysteriously murdered. By pretty much any standard this is not a “good” movie.
But it does have a few things going for it. For one, everyone involved seems to be having a good time and fully invested in making Uganda’s first action film with whatever tools they can find. All the more so since it’s unlikely anyone was actually paid for their work out of that $200. The other feature is narration and commentary from what sounds like a party MC/hype man provided by V.J. Emmie. This is what is known in Ugandan cinema as a video joker.
While only 68 minutes long, it’s still a bit too much for one running gag. Nevertheless it was fun to watch something so earnestly produced and quite unlike anything I’ve ever watched before.