Unique: yellow veil pictures and drafthouse films has co-acquired the North American rights to Katherine Czubek̵7;s documentary once upon a time uganda,
The work revolves around the unlikely friendship between Uganda’s answer to Quentin Tarantino, filmmaker Isaac Nabwana, and American film programmer Alan Hoffmanis, who travels to the East African country to collaborate on his films.
Set against the backdrop of Wakaliga, a slum in Uganda’s capital Kampala, the pair unite over their shared love of Chuck Norris and gonzo 80’s action flicks and ambitions to catapult ‘Wakaliwood’ to international stardom.
The film was originally due to world premiere in the canceled 2020 edition sxsw But then debuted at DocNYC, where it won the Grand Jury Prize in the US competition.
The distributors are planning a theatrical release starting July 4 with a special week run with the Alamo Drafthouse Theater before expanding to additional markets. The film will hit the digital platform on 25 July.
,once upon a time in uganda Hugues Barbier, co-founder of Yellow Veil Pictures, said not only does the fascinating untold story of Issac Nabwana’s true passion for storytelling and spectacle, it is also a heartwarming tale of friendship.
“It reminds us so much of why we love movies in the first place and it only feels natural to partner with Drafthouse Films to bring this gem to the public. We can’t wait to watch it as the audience claps and laughs.”
Nick Savva, CEO of Drafthouse Films, said: “The entire Drafthouse Films team is magnetically drawn to stories that explore what it means to be in love with cinema. This film is no exception.
once upon a time in uganda It was directed by Catherine Czubek of Wonderview Studios and also produced by Czubek along with Gigi Dement, Hugo Pérez, Matt Porvol and Kyaligamba Arch Martin. Czubek co-wrote the film with Amanda Hughes.
Yellow Veal Pictures co-founders Hugues Barbier, Justin Timms and Joe Yannick negotiated the deal with Mike Chapman at Blue Finch, who is handling international sales.