Isaac grew up in Wakaliga, a suburb of capital city Kampala, when it was still mostly rural swampland. As a child, Isaac was protected from the violence of Uganda's civil war by his grandmother and escaped the violence of the time through American action movies starring Chuck Norris, Stallone, and Schwartzenneger. At the age of 32, Isaac decided to give up his life as a brickmaker to follow his dream of making films.
At a personal crossroads in his life, Alan Hofmanis, a film programmer from Long Island, NY, was shown the trailer for WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX, Isaac's (and Uganda's) first action film. Thirty seconds into the trailer, Alan knew he needed to meet the man who made this film. Two weeks later, Alan arrived in Uganda and showed up on Isaac's doorstep without notice. The two hit it off. Alan moved in with Isaac in the slum and has become Isaac's new producer and protégé, and the leading man or villain in all of Isaac's recent films.
Super producer Harriet is Isaac’s wife and collaborator. She not only takes care of the family but also manages Ramon Films Production’s books, supervises the sales of DVDs in local markets, and has even had to learn how to edit on Adobe Premiere so that she can help Isaac out with the editing of his films.
Dauda, a machinist and mechanic, has become the weapons maker for Ramon Film Productions. Prop guns are unavailable and unaffordable for Isaac’s productions, and so the guns used by the commandos in his films are all handmade. Dauda’s imagination and skills as a machinist have led to some truly remarkable looking weapons, and he has moved on to building larger scale things, notably a full-scale replica of a Vietnam era Huey helicopter that is slowly taking shape in the Ramon Film Productions laundry yard. He hopes to build a functioning tank and submarine after he finishes the helicopter, all of which will be used in future productions. Dauda has also become one of Wakaliwood’s biggest stars and stuntmen, and there is seemingly nothing that he is incapable of or unwilling to do as he pursues his dream of being a movie star.
Bukenya is the resident Kung Fu master of Wakaliwood who stars in and choreographs all of the most elaborate fight sequences in the productions. His day job was selling women’s dresses in the local market until the market was burned down under suspicious circumstances. Since then, he has devoted himself full-time to working with Isaac. His wife has left him, and he recently was evicted from his home because he could not pay rent. But in such roles as Uncle Benon and Bruce Yu, he has become a star in the slums of Kampala, and he is driven to keep going. He is also the Kung Fu instructor for the Waka Starz, young children from the slum who are being trained by Ramon Films Productions to be the Ugandan action stars of the future. Every Saturday and Sunday, Charles leads a Kung Fu class for the young children, including Isaac’s own children, in the Ramon Films Productions yard.
The young talent of Wakaliwood are the WAKA STARZ. Three times a week, the group of eight young kids train in martial arts with the Master Bukenya Charles, and are in production on their own film CRAZY WORLD, soon to be released.