Movie poster for Uganda's first action movie: who killed captain Alex

Who Killed Captain Alex?

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Who Killed Captain Alex? is a 2010 Wakaliwood action-comedy film which gained a significant online following as a "no-budget" movie, based on reports that total production costs were under $200. Online, jokes referencing the film are often circulated within various online gaming and internet meme communities.

History

On January 30th, 2010, the Official Wakaliwood YouTube channel uploaded a trailer for the Ugandan action-comedy film Who Killed Captain Alex? (shown below). Over the next eight years, the video accumulated upwards of 3.06 million views.



On March 1st, 2015, the channel uploaded the full film to YouTube, which gathered upwards of 1.4 million views and 5,000 comments over the next three years (shown below).



Reception

On April 26th, 2015, YouTuber Martin Gustafsson uploaded a montage of notable scenes from the film (shown below, left). On April 28th, Vice uploaded a mini documentary about Wakaliwood films (shown below, right).



On August 24th, 2016, the Meme Nation YouTube channel uploaded a video titled "Supa Soldiers," featuring scenes from the film (shown below, left). On February 24th, 2017, YouTuber I Hate Everything uploaded a review of the film, which received over 1.6 million views and 12,100 comments within six months (shown below, right).



Impact

Crowdfunding Campaigns

In early 2015, Wakaliwood launched a Kickstarter campaign to create an action movie studio, which garnered more than $13,000 pledges over the next month. As of January 2018, the Wakaliwood Patreon[2] page has accumulated upwards of 192 patreons generating $761 per month.



Pastor ZULUL

Pastor ZULUL refers to a viral photograph often spammed in chats by fans of Twitch streamer Forsen, which he discovered on the TalkingBibles.org[1] website during a stream held in September 2016 (shown below). Though the pastor was identified as Nuer refugee from Sudan, the photo is often posted in reference to various Uganda-related media, including Who Killed Captain Alex? and the pastor Martin Sempa's "Eat Da Poo Poo" sermon video.



Ugandan Knuckles

Ugandan Knuckles is the nickname given to a depiction of the character Knuckles from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise created by YouTuber Gregzilla, which is often used as an avatar by players in the multiplayer game VRChat who repeat phrases like “do you know the way” and memes associated with Ugandan lore. The character is associated with the expression “do you know the way”, which is typically spoken in a mock African accent and phonetically spelled as “do you know de wey.”

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