I attended the first screening for the Nollywood Film Festival. I recommend getting there early, because seats go fast. Once the seats are gone, no one can enter the building.
Nigerian cinema, or “Nollywood,” has become one of the largest film industries in the world. Documentaries and feature films highlight the production values and narrative content of this cinema on the rise.
In Nollywood Lady (2008, 52 min, English subtitles, directed by Dorothee Wenner), Peace Anyiam-Fibresima — an impresario of showbiz and an impassioned spokeswoman for the thriving and innovative African film industry — is the “Nollywood Lady.” An ex-lawyer, producer, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of the influential African Academy of Motion Pictures, she is reshaping the way Africans see themselves—and how the world sees Africans. Sharing her vision for transforming preconceptions about Africa and African images with filmmaker Dorothee Wenner, Anyiam-Fibresima takes viewers on an all-access tour to film locations, markets, and sit-downs with Nollywood professionals in the vibrant production hub of Lagos. Rounding out this insider’s primer to a dynamic $250 million industry are several clips from the more than 1,500 direct-to-video, mostly low-budget, culturally distinct and immensely popular Nollywood films produced each year.
Discussion with Peace Anyiam-Fibresima follows screening.
@National Museum of African Art
Lecture Hall, Sublevel 2
950 Independence Avenue SW
Screenings are every Thursday during Black History Month.