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Welcome to Nollywood (04:34)


Lagos, Nigeria has a population of 15 million people with an average income of less than $1 per day. Films are a $250 million dollar industry with 2,000 films produced each year. A casting director searches for actors who look African.

Nollywood Production Day One (03:16)

Director Bond Emeruwa and his crew are starting production of an action movie called " Check Point." They have nine days. They travel to the country for a village setting. Rural communities in Nigeria see a boom in business when film makers come to town.

Nollywood: Entertainment and Education (02:02)

Director Bond Emeruwa and his crew are working on an action movie called "Check Point". It is about two men who were attacked by bad cops in Nigeria. It is inspired by the new general of police who is aspiring to clean up the police force.

Nigerian Films Makers Use VHS (03:00)

Fidelis Duker, President of the Director's Guild of Nigeria, says Nollywood came about because of a lack TV financing. Mexican soap operas took over and the cinema industry died. "Living in Bondage" was filmed in the Igbo language of Eastern Nigeria.

Nollywood Production Day Three (04:17)

Director Bond Emeruwa and his crew are forced to break from filming "Check Point" because Muslim prayer can be heard in the background. They are filming in rural Nigeria. The crew uses generators to bring light to the set once the sun goes down.

Nollywood Production Day Four (04:07)

Director Bond Emeruwa and his crew lost time due to Muslim prayer going on for several hours the day before in a rural Nigerian village. One of the stars can not make it to set. The producer understands there will be hurdles and additional expenses.

Nollywood Production Day Five (02:32)

Actresses from the film are being reprimanded for leaving the village without telling the crew. The set should be relaxed but disciplined. Nigerian director Bond Emeruwa has a distinct style of managing his cast.

Gender in Nollywood (03:03)

Nigerian Actress Toyin Alausa enjoys pretending she is something she is not. Patience Oghre met resistance when she set out to be a director because she is a woman.

Nollywood Production Day Six (01:43)

Director Bond Emeruwa and his crew are trying to find a way to light the set after the power goes out. Electricity is not reliable in rural Nigeria. Unexpected rain impedes filming.

Nollywood Video Revolution (02:02)

Actor/Producer Emeka Ossau describes Nigerians as resilient people. Films recorded on VHS in Nigeria can spread the language and cultural style to to many including African-Americans who may have a false perception of Africa.

Nollywood Production Day Seven (01:35)

Saint Obi is one of the biggest actors in Nigeria. He is unavailable for filming so Director Bond Emeruwa and his crew must take a break in order to keep costs down.

Nollywood Production Day Eight (02:51)

Actor Saint Obi arrives on set. Director Bond Emeruwa is not happy that his star was unavailable on the days they planned to shoot. Obi will play the part of the bad cop, a role that was written with him in mind.

Quantity over Quality in Nollywood (01:32)

There was a time when Nigerian movies tried hard to speak and act like American movies. There is now a sense of pride in being Nigerian. There are over 55 million video machines in Nigeria, a country where many live on less than $1 per day.

Nollywood Production Day Nine (01:55)

Director Bond Emeruwa and his crew will try to finish the film by day ten. They start filming action scenes on the side of the road in Nigeria.

Nollywood Special Effects (03:26)

Cardboard and masking tape are used to protect people from explosions used to give gunshot effects. There are no stuntmen so actors film the scenes, often sustaining injuries.

Nollywood Production day Ten (03:05)

Director Bond Emeruwa and his crew shot 13 scenes on day nine. More actions scenes including the "check point" scene will be shot today. Production slows down because one of the vehicles needed for a scene is gone for the day.

Importance of Nollywood. (01:57)

Writer/director/actor Emmanuel France explains how technology has helped Africans record and share folk stories. Because there is no electricity, the generator must be used during editing and production.

Nollywood Production Day Eleven (05:54)

The last day of filming will be full of action. Nigerian director Bond Emeruwa and his crew are looking forward to shooting the final scene.

This is Nollywood (01:58)

Nigerian films have the same basic themes as those made in America. Because of the diverse culture there are many stories to be told. Scenes from "Check Point" are shown post production.

Credits: This Is Nollywood (01:41)

Credits: This Is Nollywood

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First came Hollywood, then Bollywood, and now Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry, which released 2,000 feature features in 2006 alone. This program explains why Nigerian film production, little known outside its own country until recently, is becoming recognized as a phenomenon with broad implications for the cultural and economic development of Africa. Offering a close look at the technical, economic, and social infrastructure of the industry, the film follows a typical shoot from first day to last, while the director, producer, actors, crew members, and notables from the industry describe how it all works and why they do it. (56 minutes)

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL49791

Copyright date: ©2007

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Reviews & Awards

“With an admirable sense of humor, it captures the gritty and confounding optimism that keeps Nigeria going, against all rational expectations. In its innovative approach to narrative and the contingencies of production characteristic of the industry, This is Nollywood becomes the drama it seeks to document, without losing direction.”  —Akin Adesokan, Indiana University     


“Captures the problems and dynamism of making movies in Nigeria while giving a vibrant introduction to this fast growing movie industry.”  —Brian Larkin, Barnard College, Columbia University

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