Once Upon a Time in Uganda

Film phase:Completed


Against all odds, former bricklayer and teacher Isaac Nabwana has turned his small home in the slums of Uganda’s capital city into the Wakaliwood action movie studio. After 10 years and 40+ films, Wakaliwood has become an overnight international media sensation, inspiring others around the world to follow in his footsteps. When New York film nerd Alan Hofmanis shows up on his doorstep one day, everything is bound to change.

Once Upon a Time in Uganda  participated in the 2017 (Egg)celerator Lab.


Cathryne Czubeck smirks at the camera. Black and white portrait.Cathryne Czubek is an award-winning New York City-based director/producer. Screw You Cancer, her doc series for CNÉ, was the first digital series to receive a prestigious Television Academy Honor, given to a series that uses the power of television to bring awareness to important social issues. Her extensive commercial/branded work includes content for Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair, Verizon, Patrón, and Porsche. Her feature documentary A Girl and a Gun premiered at DOC NYC before a theatrical run. 

Hugo Perez looks at the camera. Black and white portrait.Hugo Perez produced and directed the feature documentary Neither Memory Nor Magic narrated by Academy Award®-nominated Patricia Clarkson, and the ITVS funded documentary Summer Sun Winter Moon. Perez’s short film Betty La Flaca won the 2006 HBO/NYILFF Short Film Award. Perez was Executive Producer of David Sutcliffe’s Adama and Executive Producer and Co-Writer of Rodrigo Reyes Purgatorio. Perez is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute Emerging Artist Fellowship and a Chairman’s Award from the NEH.