Ola Balogun – Pioneer of Nigerian cinema, At Arsenal
13-19 janvier 2017. VENUE: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. (Potsdamer Straße 2, Berlin).


Ola Balogun (*1945) is an unique figure in Nigerian cinema. In the 1970s and 1980s, he influenced the film industry in his country like no other person and paved the way for the Nollywood boom that began in the early 1990s.
The reason that he has largely been forgotten outside of Nigeria today has a lot to do with the fact that many of the prints of his films have been lost. Only five of his 10 feature-length films are currently available – most in a fragile state. We are very pleased to be able to show them at Arsenal.


January 13, 8pm, with an introduction by Gary Vanisian (Filmkollektiv Frankfurt)
AJANI-OGUN Ola Balogun Nigeria 1976 OV/EnglS 120‘
supporting film: THE MAGIC OF NIGERIA Ola Balogun France/Nigeria 1993 OV (engl.) 29‘

January 14, 6pm
A DEUSA NEGRA Black Goddess Ola Balogun Brazil/Nigeria 1978 OV/EnglS 95‘
supporting film: GODS OF AFRICA IN BRAZIL Ola Balogun Nigeria 1998 OV (engl.) 26‘

January 14, 8.30pm
MONEY POWER / OWO L’AGBA Ola Balogun Nigeria 1982 OV/EnglS 190‘

January 15, 7.30pm
ALPHA Ola Balogun France1972 OV (engl.)/FrenchS 90‘

January 17, 7.30pm
CRY FREEDOM! Ola Balogun Nigeria/Ghana/GB 1981 OV (engl.) 70‘

January 19, 7.30pm, with an introduction by Dorothee Wenner
OWUAMA – A NEW YEAR FESTIVAL Ola Balogun Nigeria 1973 without dialogue 12‘
RIVER NIGER, BLACK MOTHER Ola Balogun Nigeria 1989 OV (engl.) 43‘
DESTINATION BARBADOS – CALYPSO ISLAND Ola Balogun France/Nigeria 1994 OV (engl.) 26‘
EASTERN NIGERIA REVISITED Ola Balogun Nigeria 1973 OV (engl.) 25‘

Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.
Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin

Organised by Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.
The programme was developed in collaboration with Gary Vanisian, Filmkollektiv Frankfurt.
Our thanks to Gary Vanisian, Emilie Cauquy, Françoise Balogun and Ola Balogun, Derin Ajao.
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