Nollywood Babylon

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Released 2008

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Director:
Samir Mallal
Released:
2008
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Nollywood Babylon explores the rather unknown world of cinematography in Nigeria, where nearly 2,500 low-budget films are made each year. The sheer volume of films being produced makes Nigeria the third largest film industry in the world, yet the movies aren't even shown theatrically. This Canadian documentary uncovers this hidden realm of filmmaking to meet the local and eccentric celebrities and show clips from the films. The movies use low quality special effects and less-than-perfect performances by unprofessional actors. But it is not the quality of the films that draw people to them, but rather, the relatability Nigerians have to the filmmakers themselves. Interviews with the industry's key players present stories of dreams to become wealthy, the dangers of prostitution and a fascination with magic. This documentary does more than merely profile guerilla filmmaking that will likely never leave Nigeria; it also shows that filmmaking remains a powerful form of expression.
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