Nollywood: A Mini-Fest


Nollywood: A Mini-Festival

Celebrate Black History Month with a Nollywood Mini Festival presented by the African American Club of Pasco and hosted by Your NPR Public Library. No charge. Dates, times and films listed below.The Nigerian film industry, known as Nollywood, has exploded in the last ten years. Now the most popular cinema in all of West Africa—more popular even than imports of Hollywood or Bollywood films—the Nigerian film industry has distinguished itself by shooting all films (called video films there) on digital video. This has allowed production schedules to be compressed (films are shot in several days) and immediately brought to market. The sheer volume of Nigerian video films is staggering: one estimate has a film being produced for each day of the year. Nollywood is now the third-largest film industry in the world, generating US$286 million per year for the Nigerian economy. And yet this vibrant, profitable industry is virtually unknown outside of Africa.

Wed, Feb. 5, 6PM
The film looks into this newly emerging film industry, exploring its peculiar inner workings, economic challenges, and diverse array of colorful films. Traveling to the country’s chaotic largest city, Lagos, the filmaker spent ten weeks following three of Nigeria’s hottest directors, each different in personality and style, as they shot their films about love, betrayal, war, and the supernatural. Welcome to Nollywood tells the stories of these three directors and their latest productions, while also using interviews with scholars, actors, and journalists who celebrate (in insightful and often humorous ways) the Nigerian video-film industry as a whole and its impact on the culture of West Africa and Africans at home and abroad. 60m

Wed, Feb. 12, 6PM
Last Flight to Abuja is a Nigerian thriller disaster film in which mid-air difficulties force a Nigerian commercial plane into an emergency landing with devastating consequences.The film which was shot in Lagos, received 5 nominations at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards and won award for the category best film by an African based abroad. 120m

Wed, Feb. 19, 6PM
This groundbreaking Nollywood Diaspora movie chronicles the immigrant experience of an African in New York in a funny but serious way that many immigrants can identify with When the film’s main character comes to New York for a short vacation, things begin to change in Nigeria, and he must choose between starting life afresh or risking his life to return to his top-executive pleasures in Nigeria. 97m

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