The Nigerian film industry, known as Nollywood, has exploded in the last ten years. Now the most popular cinema in all of west Africa--even more popular than imports of Hollywood or ... See full summary »
The Nigerian film industry, known as Nollywood, has exploded in the last ten years. Now the most popular cinema in all of west Africa--even more popular than imports of Hollywood or Bollywood films--the Nigerian film industry has distinguished itself by shooting all films (called video films) on digital video. This has allowed production schedules to be compressed (films are shot in several days) and immediately brought to market (distribution consists of bringing films to Idumota electronics market in Lagos and selling them for home viewing). 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 a year for the Nigerian economy. And yet this vibrant, profitable industry is virtually unknown outside of Africa. Jamie Meltzer, director of "Off the Charts: The Song Poem Story," which premiered on PBS' prestigious Independent Lens ... Written by
Henry S. Rosenthal
Jamie Meltzer has made one hell of a documentary. Can't really compare it on others touching the same subject, but one has to say that the timing was great and anyone interested in a home-grown African success story, then this is the place to start.
The movie is at times hilarious, but you can also feel it oozing with optimism about the future. Too often do we deal with negative issues and this is one of the bona fide positive tales on Africa out there.
This documentary really gets you hooked on Nollywood and straight after viewing this movie I was hopping mad that I didn't have a Izu Ojukwu or Tunde Kelani movie in hand to follow up on the subject.
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