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Welcome to Nollywood (2007)

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 »



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Cast overview:
Izu Ojukwu ...
Chico Ejiro ...
Don Pedro Obaseki ...
Charles Novia ...
Shan George ...
Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima ...
Herself - Producer
Tunde Kelani ...
J.T. Tom West ...
Francis Duru ...


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

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12 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Interesting, though I doubt if Bollywood or Hollywood has anything to fear!
28 December 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I consider myself a bit of a film expert. After all, after reviewing nearly 19,000 things and watching films from dozens and dozens of countries, I thought I knew about the film industry around the world. Well, it turns out I am wrong...and that in Nigeria today they are making HUGE numbers of films according to the Netflix summary of this film! Huh?! How is it, then, that I've never seen a Nigerian film and what are there films like? And, are they a serious challenge to Hollywood and Bollywood? All those questions were answered when I saw this interesting (and occasionally boring) film.

It turns out that they do make hundreds of films each year in 'Nollywood' but referring them to films is perhaps a bit of an overstatement. They are NOT first-run films at all but are incredibly cheaply made pictures that are released straight to video or DVD...and the stuff they make would make the productions in "Bowfinger" look first-rate. Films in Nigeria are often made 'guerilla-style' (i.e., on the streets with no permits and very impromptu) and the actors are often just folks they pulled off the street.

All this is discussed in the first portion of the documentary. The second half consists of following a film shoot into the countryside and seeing it pretty much fall apart due to a complete lack of financing. Overall, mildly interesting to nutty film buffs like me and lovers of Nigerian films...otherwise, probably tough viewing.

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