Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
MOYEN Métrage | 2007
This is Nollywood
Pays concerné : Nigeria
Durée : 56 minutes
Genre : société
Type : documentaire

Français

Il y eut d’abord Hollywood, puis Bollywood et maintenant Nollywood, l’explosive industrie du cinéma du Nigeria qui a livré deux milles longs métrages rien qu’en 2006. Où d’autre pourriez-vous tourner un long métrage fiction avec 10 000 dollars en 7 jours ? Jusqu’à récemment peu connu hors de ses frontières THIS IS NOLLYWOOD explique pourquoi la production nigériane vidéo est devenue comme un phénomène aux larges implications sur le plan culturel et économique de l’Afrique.

Un film de Franco Sacchi

USA / Nigeria / 2007, Documentaire, 56 min.

avec Bond Emeruwa, Zeb Ejiro, Peter Red Ejiro, Peace Anyiam Fiberesima, Emmanuel France, Emeka Ossai, Saint Obi, Roboger Animadu, Toyin Alausa, Pamela Olisa, Rykardo Agbor, Kevin « Books » Ikeduba, Maleke I Moye, Pat Achegbulu, Sonny McDon

Réalisateur : Franco Sacchi
Producteurs délégués : Robert Daniels, Robert Frazer
Produit par Robert Caputo, Franco Sacchi
Images : Franco Sacchi
Montage : Franco Sacchi
Musique : Ted Corrigan

Plus d’infos :
www.francosacchi.com/this-is-nollywood/

English

Armed with a few thousand dollars, digital cameras, and some lights, Nigerian directors have created a 0 million industry, thousands of jobs, and a sense of hope on a continent better known for blight and despair…

A film by Franco Sacchi

USA, Nigeria / 2007, Documentary, 56 min.

Featuring: Bond Emeruwa, Zeb Ejiro, Peter Red Ejiro, Peace Anyiam Fiberesima, Emmanuel France, Emeka Ossai, Saint Obi, Roboger Animadu, Toyin Alausa, Pamela Olisa, Rykardo Agbor, Kevin « Books » Ikeduba, Maleke I Moye, Pat Achegbulu, Sonny McDon



DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
When I first read about Nigerian directors producing hundreds of feature-length films with digital cameras, a week, and a few thousand dollars, I found the subject irresistible. Here was not only a rare positive story about Africa, but one that embodied the egalitarian promise of digital technology-anybody can make a movie. And Nollywood was virtually unknown.

When I approached the Center of Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University (where I teach) with the idea of producing a documentary film about Nollywood, the reaction was immediate. Nollywood is a perfect example of CDIA’s philosophy: embrace technology and don’t be afraid to tell stories that matter to you.

Aimee Corrigan, a young and talented photographer with a great passion for Africa, and Bob Caputo, who also teaches at CDIA, quickly signed on. Bob told me that in 30 years of covering Africa for Time and National Geographic as a writer and photographer he had never come across a story so positive and full of hope.

The three of us set out for the Nigerian capital Lagos in October 2005. Just the ride in from the airport-two hours to go a few miles in utterly snarled horn-blaring traffic, eyes aching from the smog-gave us a small taste of the conditions Nollywood directors face daily. Our admiration for their determination began at that moment.

We agreed immediately that African actors, directors, and producers should tell their own story in our film without commentary from us or other westerners. Of course, we filmed and edited the Nollywood story with our own sensibilities but our greatest hope is that the authentic voices of the Nigerian filmmakers will be heard.

Nollywood filmmakers are conscious of the responsibility they have toward their society-director Bond Emeruwa says they feel an obligation to « put a message in there. » But the production of each movie is also an adventure-overcoming hurdles unimaginable in the West, racing against an impossibly short clock.

In the end, the film we made, This Is Nollywood, is about more than a fascinating and unheralded movie industry. It’s about people surmounting obstacles to achieve their dreams.

Franco Sacchi

Director
Franco Sacchi

Producers
Robert Caputo
Franco Sacchi

Associate Producer
Aimee Corrigan

Editor
Franco Sacchi

Cinematography
Franco Sacchi
Robert Caputo

Executive Producers
Robert Daniels
Robert Frazier

Production Coordinator
Eke Ume

Production Assistant
Kejiro Obere

Still Photographer
Aimee Corrigan

Assistant Editors
Erin Gallagher
David Chin

Featuring
Bond Emeruwa
Zeb Ejiro
Peter Red Ejiro
Peace Anyiam Fiberesima
Emmanuel France
Emeka Ossai
Saint Obi
Roboger Animadu
Toyin Alausa
Pamela Olisa
Rykardo Agbor
Kevin « Books » Ikeduba
Maleke I Moye
Pat Achegbulu
Sonny McDon W

Publicity and Web Design
Samuel Miller
Jennifer Mills
Shuana McNamara
Linda Devincentis

Graphics and Title Design
Yari Wolinsky

Lead Sound Designers
Abe Stein
Graham Tobias

Sound Design
Jason Tables
Frank Marsden
Erica Borkowski

Special Thanks To
Job Osi Ailuogwemhe
Susan Linnee
Dominique Mollard

Music
Ted Corrigan
Alan Perez

Presented by The Center for Digital Imaging
Distributed by CALIFORNIA NEWSREEL
Available in streaming on Fandor

FESTIVALS (Selected):
Winner, Audience Award, Abuja Intl Film Festival, 2007
Official Selection, Rhode Island Intl. Film Festival, 2007
Official Selection, Roxbury Film Festival, 2007
Official Selection, Woods Hole Film Festival, 2007
Official Selection, London’s Raindance Film Festival, 2007
Official Selection, Rhode Island Intl. Film Festival, 2007
Official Selection, Cannes, Pan African Film Festival, 2008
Official Selection, Amakula Kampala, Uganda. Film Festival, 2008
Official Selection, Rhode Island Intl. Film Festival, 2008
Official Selection, Africa in the Picture Film Festival, Amsterdam. 2008

BROADCASTS (Selected):
SABC1 (South African Broadcasting Corp.), 2008
Sky-Arts. UK, 2008
Quest HD, Canada, 2008
Turner Broadcasting (TBS), Latin America, 2009

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IT
Un documentario su Nollywood: la nascente industria cinematografica Nigeriana. Un fenomeno nato alla fine degli anni ottanta e presto diventato la terza forza nel settore, dietro a Stati Uniti e India. Il regista nigeriano Bond Emeruwa deve girare un lungometraggio in soli nove giorni, armato di camera digitale, due luci e 20.000 dollari. Affronta una serie interminabile di imprevisti: normale routine per chi sceglie di lavorare a Lagos e dintorni. Un’industria capace di produrre tra i 500 e i 1000 film all’anno, mossa non solo da fini commerciali ma anche sociali. Le pellicole infatti trattano di temi come aids, corruzione, diritti delle donne e si propongono di contribuire efficacemente all’educazione degli spettatori.

Regia: Franco Sacchi

USA, Nigeria – 2006

Durata: 56′

Interpreti: Bond Emeruwa, Zeb Ejiro, Peter Red Ejiro, Emmanuel France


Produzzione: Franco Sacchi, Robert Caputo
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