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Nollywood Fest to visit NZ

Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood, is the second largest producer of features in the world, racking up c1000 each year, behind Bollywood but comfortably ahead of Hollywood. Two titles, plus a made-for-TV doco, will make the trip to NZ.

Chris Dada’s Lagos Stories, presented by well-repected award-winning Nigerian journalist Funmi Iyanda, is the doco, offering up a view of one of the world’s largest cities, home to c25 million people. The doco screened on BBC World and was nominated for Best News Documentary at the 2011 Monte Carlo Television Festival.

Funmi Iyanda & Chris Dada

Funmi Iyanda & Chris Dada at Monte Carlo in 2011
Photo Credit: Jide Alakija

The two features screening are both by veteran director Tunde Kelani, 2011’s Maami and 2013’s Dazzling Mirage.

Trained in London in the 60s as a cinematographer, Kelani has directed some 20 films, mostly features. Maami (Mother) is based on Femi Osofisan’s novel about a single mother’s attempt to protect her son from the father he has never known.

Dazzling Mirage is also an adaptation of a novel, this one from Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare. It addresses the issue of sickle cell anaemia and has been screened extensively in Nigeria as part of an education campaign.

Dazzling Mirage trailer

The Nollywood Film Festival runs inWellington at the Paramount, 9, 12, 19 and 26 October; and in Auckland at Rialto, 16 – 18 October.