Friday, July 21, 2017

Nollywood is Not Cinema; It is TV

“I watch Tunde Kelani’s films and I see a lot about culture; you see someone doing something consciously. Maybe Nollywood is not cinema, I must tell you that; not the cinema that I learned. I think Nollywood, by virtue of where it comes from, is TV; like soap opera, comedy, series that has been cut into drama… but its TV, it’s not cinema. I know some people will attack me for saying this, but there’s no point. We can be honest to ourselves among filmmakers; it’s not cinema,”

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Newton Aduaka the famous Nigerian born filmmaker is the only Nigerian filmmaker so far to win the highly coveted Golden Yennenga Stallion (Grand Prize) Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).
Aduaka is famous for his multiple awards winning films including "On the Edge", the best short film at the 8th African Film Festival of Milan in 1998 and at FESPACO 1999. His first feature film, "Rage" became the first wholly independently financed film by a black filmmaker in the history of British cinema to be released at theaters in the UK and it won several awards at film festivals. His next major success was Ezra, which the California Newsreel described as the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent's recent civil wars.
"Ezra" premiered in the World cinema competition at the Sundance film festival, was nominated for the Humanitas Prize and screened in a special section of the Critics’ Week in Cannes. "Ezra" has appeared in numerous film festivals and events across the world and has been awarded 28 times including 6 Grand Jury prizes and a Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award. Ezra has been named as one of the most important anti-war films ever made. It was awarded the United Nation’s prize for Peace and Tolerance. And won the biggest prize, the Golden Yennenga Stallion (Grand Prize) at the 2007 FESPACO.

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