Who Killed Captain Alex (found unfiltered audio of Ugandan action film; 2010)

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Who Killed Captain Alex.jpg

The film's poster.

Status: Found

Date found: 18 June '19

Found by: Wakaliwood/The American Genre Film Archive

Who Killed Captain Alex is a 2010 Wakaliwood action film, produced and directed by Isaac Nabwana (AKA Nabwana I.G.G.). The film claims to be "Uganda's First Action Movie" and gained notoriety in late 2017 for its bizarre quality and a strange plot, along with the odd commentary given by a "video joker," a man who talks over the movie making jokes. The released cut of the film is not the original version; however, as the audio previously had no "video joker."

Loss of the Original Audio

As aforementioned, the film originally had no "video joker" included. Nabwana had a passion for film, and therefore created many of them. Due to the low storage space on his computer, Nabwana was often forced to delete old films after he had distributed them in some form. The place where Nabwana lived (Wakaliga, a suburb just outside of Kampala, Uganda) also had many power outages, causing him to lose unsaved projects he had left open on his device.

According to the card that appears before the start of the movie, it was because Nabwana had deleted all his files that the original movie had gone missing. The copy he ended up releasing was sourced from a DVD, which happened to have his "video joker" version, which was originally intended to be a special feature of sorts. It is unknown if he had intended to put that version on that particular DVD, but it was most likely a mistake.

Remnants of the Original Audio

The majority of the film did retain the original audio. The "video joker" in the movie only occasionally appeared, mainly during the action scenes. Considering the conditions and events that had caused the film to go missing, the best way to retrieve the audio would most likely have involved heavy editing to remove the commentary and extract the audio beneath it, if doing so was possible.

Offical Release

On January 16th, 2019, The American Genre Film Archive announced that they would be releasing the film (along with another Wakaliwood film entitled Bad Black) on Blu-Ray complete with bonus features. Amongst these announced bonus features was the original, unfiltered audio of Who Killed Captain Alex.[1] The Blu-Ray was released on June 18th, 2019, and is currently available to purchase on various shopping sites.[2]

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The released cut of the film with the "video joker."
Cover of the 2019 Blu-Ray release.

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