In a context like this, it seems unlikely that young people would know about the latest viral hits from YouTube in North America or kung fu movies from Asia. But upon arrival in one village, I was greeted with poses reminiscent of films from chop sockey cinema and a rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” There is a well-documented history of video halls in northern Uganda and live veejyaing and translation for locals. As early as 2005, Katerina Marshfield and Michiel van Oosterhout noted the popularity of action films [PDF], including Asian martial arts movies. But some of the media the youth were referencing were quite recent.

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