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 more evident than in the inventive, low-budget B-movies produced by enterprising local filmmakers with no goal other than to entertain the viewer. From the epicenter of this African metropolis emerges a new breed of cinema known as Nollywood, a brand of film that's remained a well-kept secret...until now.

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Critic Reviews for Nollywood Babylon

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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

Jul 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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For all its limitations, Nollywood Babylon serves as an intriguing primer.

Jul 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

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.

Jul 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Jul 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

'Nollywood Babylon' teases, for its themes are interesting but, too many of them brought up, they do not get the incisive treatment each deserves.

Jul 9, 2009 | Full Review…

Nollywood Babylon seamlessly interweaves actual clips from Nollywood flicks with scenes from the bustling, chaotic markets of Lagos.

Jun 28, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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