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Nollywood Babylon

Nollywood Babylon (2008)


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Hollywood and Bollywood watch out; in this documentary examining Nigeria's booming movie industry, filmmakers Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal highlight the reasons why it doesn't take a multi-million-dollar budget to produce a wildly entertaining movie. Idumota market, Lagos: amidst the hustle and bustle of the endless stalls, movie stars are born. Nigeria is a place where traditional mysticism and modern culture clash to form an atmosphere where anything seems possible. Perhaps nowhere is this




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Jul 20, 2010

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The little-known story of Nigeria's movie success is examined in Nollywood Babylon, a fascinating documentary by Canadians Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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For all its limitations, Nollywood Babylon serves as an intriguing primer.

July 3, 2009
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The kicks come from some over-the-top clips and Imasuen's disarming mix of bombast and shrewdness when he appears on set or as a commentator.

July 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Both insightful and sweeping, this doc shows how affordable filmmaking technology and evangelical Christianity has assisted Nigeria, now the third largest producer of movies, to build a fecund film industry that serves a largely impoverished and political

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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'Nollywood Babylon' teases, for its themes are interesting but, too many of them brought up, they do not get the incisive treatment each deserves.

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Nollywood Babylon seamlessly interweaves actual clips from Nollywood flicks with scenes from the bustling, chaotic markets of Lagos.

June 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Nollywood Babylon

Underwhelming. Unlike "Not Quite Hollywood" this film didn't leave me with a laundry list of movies to see. While the number of films put out by Nollywood is impressive, as the documentary says "the great Nigerian film has yet to be made." Combine that with the fact that most of the films from this industry are only available for sale in the streets of Lagos, makes this entire industry at best a foot-note of interest.
October 20, 2010

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Very entertaining documentary about the Nigerian film industry and how home grown fare with little budget and amateur performers can be a draw for a public which wants anything produced in the native language. Very funny at times.
February 6, 2012
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