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Nollywood Babylon (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 3 July 2009 (USA)
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Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, is the third-largest in the world--an unstoppable economic and cultural force that has taken the continent by storm and is now bursting beyond the ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Osita Iheme Osita Iheme ... Himself
Chinedu Ikedieze Chinedu Ikedieze ... Himself
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen ... Himself
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde ... Herself
Uche Jombo ... Herself
Uche Jumbo Uche Jumbo ... Herself
Kenneth Okonkwo Kenneth Okonkwo ... Himself
Bob-Manuel Udokwu Bob-Manuel Udokwu ... Himself
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Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, is the third-largest in the world--an unstoppable economic and cultural force that has taken the continent by storm and is now bursting beyond the borders of Africa. "Nollywood Babylon" is a feature documentary detailing the industry's phenomenal success. Propelled by a booming 1970s soundtrack of African underground music, the movie presents an electric vision of a modern African metropolis and a revealing look at the powerhouse that is Nigerian cinema. Written by Anonymous

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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Nigeria

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Quotes

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen: Nollywood has become the voice of Africa, the answer to CNN.
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Oja Omoba
Performed by Dele Ojo & his Star Brothers Band
Written by Dele Ojo
Courtesy of Premier Music Publishing Inc.
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Nice Documentary on Nigerian Filmmaking
14 April 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Nollywood Babylon (2008)

*** (out of 4)

Entertaining documentary taking a look at the Nigerian film industry, which is actually the third largest in the world only trailing the United States and India. The documentary starts off by telling us that there are nearly 2500 films produced there each year with the majority of them costing less than $15,000. From this point on we learn about the history of films in Nigeria, the lack of places to show them, how religion and politics play a huge part in the films that are made and we even get to meet filmmaker Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen as he starts filming BENT ARROWS. Overall I was happy with this film although there's no question that it's a tad bit uneven at times as it jumps around in the story it's trying to tell. There are many subplots discussed here and the majority of them are quite interesting including the death of movie houses and why there's only three theaters and none of them play movies from Nigeria. This leads to another interesting topic and it's how the poor are really the ones buying up these movies and we get to hear from some fans who say they watch three or five a night. It's also interesting seeing the filmmaker go about shooting his picture on which is obviously a very low budget to say the least. Seeing how the films are shot was very entertaining and it certainly made you want to check out some of the films. At just 74-minutes the film starts to lose some steam as certainly subjects drag on a bit. Still, those interested in cinema from around the world should enjoy this.


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