Detroit Film Theatre


NOLLYWOOD BABYLON

Saturday, March 13, 2010

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Fees Apply
  • Film

(Canada/2009—directed by Addelman and Samir Mallal)

Nigeria has the third-largest film industry in the world, all the more astounding for a country that for many years had no movie theaters. Home to 125 million people, the country has seen, since 1992, the explosive growth of locally made features on video – as many as twenty full-length films a week are made and then distributed on DVD in markets across the country. “Nollywood,” a play on both “Bollywood” and “Hollywood,” speaks to the everyday experience of Nigerians, who’ve become addicted to these rough-and-tumble melodramatic “quickies,” which reflect the collision of traditional mysticism and modern culture. Stirring, funny, and breathlessly paced, Nollywood Babylon introduces us to Nollywood’s frantically busy filmmakers and stars, and their rousing contribution to modern film culture. (75 min.)

“Intriguing and provocative.” –Nathan Lee, The New York Times

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