'True Story Nollywood' - Doc Explores Authenticity Of African Narrative In Nollywood Cinema

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 6, 2013 2:38 PM
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There've been a few recent documentaries on Nollywood - the Nigerian film industry - most prominently, Nollywood Babylon, and This Is Nollywood. You may have seen one or both of them.

If not, they should be available on DVD, and I believe streaming on Netflix too.

Or you can wait for this upcoming new one to become available wherever you are... it premiered last week, at the Anthology Film Archives here in NYC, but I missed it. We'll keep an eye out for future screenings, and home video release.

You'll also find a trailer underneath:

True Story Nollywood Documentary Premieres February 26, 2013: A film about the stories written and told by the world?s third largest film industry, Nollywood.

New York, NY February 8 -- The New York Women in Film & Television will hold a screening at Anthology Film Archives on February 26 to share the works of its talented members, including the premiere showing of True Story Nollywood (TSN) - a film documenting the opinions about the authenticity of the African narrative in Nollywood films (a fast growing African film industry thought to be losing itself to Western culture).

Produced by a young up and coming filmmaker of Nigerian/Cameroonian descent, Ihuoma Mambo Atanga, True Story Nollywood highlights various subjects of discourse surrounding the topic, among prominent Nollywood filmmakers and people based in her current city of residence, New York City including renowned Nollywood director Tunde Kelani.

Inspired by the great conversations and writings of prominent works like Chimamanda's Danger of a Single Story, Wainaina?s How To Write About Africa, and Achebe's An Image of Africa, Ms. Atanga notes I became more aware of a magnificent transitionary phase of African storytelling, from a biographical to an autobiographical state. Affordable film technology has enabled Africans to now write their own stories and broadcast it to the entire world through one of the most pervasive mediums, film. So people naturally expect that stories from Africans by Africans make up a definitive and true African story.

The juiciest discussions about the rapidly changing Nigerian film industry (Nollywood), ranging from cultural-authenticity, her/histories, language and of course sex, can be heard in Harlem?s African Hair braiding salons, Brooklyn's African film shops, etc., unfortunately, the best of these riveting conversations never see the light of day. True Story Nollywood examines the educated opinions, gossip, lies and truths behind the evolution and authenticity of Nollywood stories from the perspective of industry connoisseurs, Michael Nwaesi, Oliver Mbamara, Tunde Kelani, and a host of Nollywood film enthusiasts.


True Story Nollywood: The Trailer from TSN on Vimeo.

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