There’s magic happening in Wakaliga, Uganda. For those of you who don’t know, Wakaliga is an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT UNIVERSE that makes unhinged action movies that are not concerned with making you escape reality. The VJ constantly reminds you that you are indeed watching a movie, and movies are awesome. You will however escape reality as your faculties break down from fantastic overstimulation.
BAD BLACK is the story of a little runaway girl who grows up to run a gang in the ghetto of Uganda. It’s a story of family, loss, doctors turned commandos, and a child named Wesley Snipes.
Video Joker Emmie is back with the side-splitting commentary/dub acting/narration/hyping that puts these Wakaliwood movies over the top. You could also add educator to his list of credits, as he taught me that “muzungu” means “white guy”, that a hammer is also known as a “Ugandan key”, and that chickens are watch dogs. The experience of watching a movie with VJ Emmie on the job is an unparalleled one.
BAD BLACK shows many technical improvements over WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? (Nabwana IGG’s debut feature which can be read about here ), as well as a more emotional story. It’s still filled with references to Rambo, Predator, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Schwarzenegger, but BAD BLACK delivers twists, turns, and tugs on the heartstrings as well.
It’s not “so bad it’s good”, it’s a unique product of love that entertains. Like other Wakaliwood features, BAD BLACK was made by the people of Wakaliga, for the people of Wakaliga to enjoy, and it shows. The impression I get is that this town simply loves movies. They love watching them, and are never happier than when they are making them.
Living a world that is so backwards that it feels like it’s regressing—where hatred is so easy to spot if it’s not already being shouted from the back of a moving pickup truck or from the back of the line at the grocery store—makes me grateful to have something so pure as Wakaliwood movies to look to. It’s inspiration and motivation to go out there and do, follow your dreams, regardless of means. I mean seriously! Can we just start encouraging eachother again, and lifting eachother up and celebrating each other’s successes? Maybe we can actually start to reverse the regression…
But what the fuck do I know? I’m just a muzungu.
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Stay slime, and be supa rad all da time! (for the love of God)
-Elliot “Rat” Ross