It’s not Hollywood, not Bollywood, not Nollywood, it’s Wakaliwood! Located in the Kampala slum of Wakaliga the movie obsessed creatives around Isaac Nabwana and his kung fu fighting moviestars have left no doubt that they are the next big thing when it comes to action movies made in Africa. Against all odds of growing up as one of 20 siblings with his grandmother in a slum, Isaac has so far produced more than 40 action movies with each not costing more than 150$. Yet millions of people have watched them online all over the world. Isaac makes movies of the images that went through his head when his older brothers retold him movies they had seen in public moviehalls in his childhood.
Isaac’s story is powerful because it proves dreams can come true - even in Wakaliga.
In places where poverty and its effects on people’s lives are a dominant reality, it is important to dare to tell the other story, the unexpected one, the odd one. It is in these small victories of people who dare to dream and dare to be happy despite their surroundings that we have the power to change both the perceptions and consequently the realities of their lives.
Shot on assignment for "NEON", 2014, also published in "ZEIT Leo", "Spring Breeze Magazine China",
Shortlist Hansel Mieth Prize 2015, Participant Triennial of Photoraphy Hamburg