HOORAY FOR NOLLYWOOD

Lagos Island locals love the movies, and Nollywood delivers. Nollywood is Nigeria's film industry, nearly the world's largest, an ultralow-budget studio system churning out product at a pace of hundreds of movies a month. Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal's 2008 documentary Nollywood Babylon explores the industry's influence across the African continent, while following Nigerian director Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen as he mounts his 157th guerrilla film. "Nollywood has become the voice of Africa, the answer to CNN." Maybe, but an excess of lurid themes, such as prostitution, infidelity, corruption and voodoo, make most of these movies look like Superfly gone supernatural.
Sun., Nov. 22, 8 p.m., 2009


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