Nollywood Babylon (2008)
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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.
For all its limitations, Nollywood Babylon serves as an intriguing primer.
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.
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
'Nollywood Babylon' teases, for its themes are interesting but, too many of them brought up, they do not get the incisive treatment each deserves.
Audience Reviews for Nollywood Babylon
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.
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.
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