6 October: Nollywood Babylon

7.30pm 6 October 2010
Venue: Deptford Town Hall, New Cross

Part of the launch event for Nollywood Now!, the UK’s first ever festival of Nigerian film.
View films and buy tickets at the Nollywood Now! website

Nollywood Babylon is a documentary about the explosive popularity of Nigeria’s Nollywood, which now ranks as the second most prolific film industry in the world. Enterprising filmmakers like Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (who features in the film) create hugely popular and inventive low-budget video films for an audience avid for tales of family drama, witchcraft, comedy and redemption.

“Come out and have fun, all you closet Nollywood fans, this is strictly guilty pleasures time, this promises to be real fun. Come and see the wizards at work: the unstoppable special effects, intricate story lines, and those Nollywood heartbreakers, how do they do it?” BLACK LONDONERS’ MEET UP

“Creating stories that explore the growing battle between traditional mysticism and modern culture, good versus evil, witchcraft and Christianity, Nollywood auteurs have mastered a down-and-dirty, straight-to-video production formula that has become the industry standard in a country plagued by poverty. This burgeoning Nigerian film industry is tapping a national identity where proud Africans are telling their own stories to a public hungry to see their lives on screen. Peppered with outrageously juicy movie clips and buoyed by a rousing score fusing Afropop and traditional sounds, NOLLYWOOD BABYLON celebrates the distinctive power of Nigerian cinema as it marvels in the magic of movies.” ALIVE MIND

“[The film-makers] Addelman and Mallal trace the shooting of Bent Arrows, the 157th film helmed by lively and bossy Lancelot Imasuen, to observe how a typical Nollywood production unfolds (answer: hectically and as speedily as possible), while inserting a rough overview of Nigeria’s recent history of civil wars, military governments and a distressed economic climate. Leading poet Odia Ofeimon provides the most trenchant critique of Nollywood as being used by activist Christian groups, while bluntly stating that, despite Nollywood’s prolific 20-movie-per-week output, ‘the great Nigerian film hasn’t been made.'” VARIETY

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