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NOLLYWOOD LADY

Director: DOROTHEE WENNER

GERMANY • 2008 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR • DIGITAL BETACAM • 60 MIN


Nigeria’s direct-to-video film industry, colloquially known as Nollywood, churns out approximately 2000 features each year. In little over a decade, it has become the third largest movie industry in the world. Nollywood Lady looks at this phenomenon through the eyes of producer Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima. Dorothee Wenner, a Berlin-based film expert who has spent many years promoting African cinema in the West, follows Peace — whose father named her during the Nigerian-Biafran war — as she connects with practitioners who have strong opinions about the secret of Nollywood’s success. Driven by one woman and illustrated with plenty of clips from recent films, Nollywood Lady provides a lively survey and treats its subject as a genuine cinematic culture that plays by its own rules.

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