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‘Bad Black’ (Fantasia Film Festival review)

Produced and Written by
Nabwana I.G.G., Alan Hofmanis

Directed by Nabwana I.G.G.
Starring Nalwanga Gloria, Alan Hofmanis,
Bukenya Charles, Bisaso Dauda, Kizito Robert

A Fantasia Film Festival Selection


An American doctor, Alan Ssali, working in Uganda is robbed by Bad Black, the leader of a gang of street thieves. Ssali gets training and encouragement from his assistant, a child named Wesley Snipes, so that he can go up against Bad Black and her gang to retrieve his belongings.

Bad Black is the latest action extravaganza from Ugandan one-man studio Nabwana I.G.G. and boy is it a doozy.

Now to be fair I am not judging this movie harshly over it’s lack of technical skill but rather I am judging it for its entertainment value and intent.

Bad Black is a cheaply produced, shot on video movie made with non-actors and homemade CGI, but its level of enjoy ability is through the roof and to criticize it’s technical shortcomings would be a cheap shot. And really, what can you expect from a movie supposedly made for the equivalent of $65.00 other than to at least be entertained?

Much like the fandom for 80’s shot on video fare and Turkish knockoff cinema the recent explosion of low budget action and horror movies from Africa has begun amassing a fan base around the globe and Nabwana I.G.G. is one of the leaders in the field. Bad Black is sure to garner the international notoriety as his first feature Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010) and is bound to become a classic of a genre one can only refer to as weird world cinema.

Plus, if you can see Bad Black at a festival screening word is that the filmmaker customizes the film to each event, which is an added level of great showmanship.



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