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Upcoming Events / Digital Media
October 16, 2013
berkman luncheon series
The New Nollywood
Tuesday, October 22, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.
Nigeria's booming movie industry, known as Nollywood, rivals Hollywood and India's Bollywood as one of the world's largest producer of feature films. In less than two decades Nollywood has grown into an industry estimated at $250 million, employing over a million people and producing over 1000 films each year – a major success story in Nigeria’s economy. Nollywood's movies have an audience of millions in Nigeria, throughout Africa and around the world - from Bombay to Brooklyn.
The phenomenon of Nollywood is internationally recognized for quantity of films - but not for quality. The industry faces big challenge stemming from limited financing opportunities and rampant piracy. Today, in an effort to overcome these challenges, leading filmmakers in Nigeria consider themselves part of a growing movement they call “New Nollywood”. This movement refers to an increasing trend of better quality films, stemming from increased access to new technology and equipment, training, new sources of financing, and alternative distribution.
As Nigeria’s most popular entertainment platform, Nollywood is positioned as an extraordinary vehicle for engaging content. Nollywood filmmakers are confronting their society’s critical and controversial issues – including health and corruption. The widespread viewing of Nollywood films speaks to their ability to culturally connect with hundreds of millions of people. Nollywood’s massive and engaged audience is the envy of filmmakers around the world.
Aimee Corrigan is the Co-Director of Nollywood Workshops, a hub for filmmakers in Lagos, Nigeria that supports and delivers movie production and distribution, training, and research.