Saturday, September 29, 2018
Branwen Okpako, One of the Most Outstanding Nigerian Filmmakers
One of the most accomplished Nigerian female directors is the beautiful Prof. Branwen Okpako.
She is featured in the top 20 Nigerian female filmmakers in the third edition of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series, focusing on Nigerian female filmmakers in support of the #shareherjourney project of @tiff_net
Researching for the best Nigerian female filmmakers has taken me three years and delayed the publication of the third edition of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series, the first book series on the Nigerian film industry fully funded by me without any form of grant or support from anyone or organisation.
The book design is by Juvelin Tadle Aripal in the Philippines and printed in America.
Branwen was born in 1969 in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied political sciences at Bristol University, England, followed by studies in filmmaking at the German Film & Television Academy, Berlin. Her films include the shorts Probe ( 1992), Frida Film (1993), Vorspiel (1994), Landing (1995), Market Forces (1996), Searching for Taid (1997) and Love Love Liebe (1998), The 3 screen installation, Sehe ice was, was du nicht siehst? (Do I see something you don’t?, 2002), for which she received the D-motion special prize for the city of Halle, Germany. For the feature documentary Dirt for Dinner(Dreckfresser) (2000), she won the Bavarian documentary film prize The Young Lion, the German Next-Generation-First-Steps Award for Best Documentary Film and First Prize at the Dubrovnik Documentary Film Festival in 2001. The fiction feature Valley of the Innocent (Tal der Ahnungslosen, 2004) had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film festival in 2003 and went on to compete in the feature film competition at FESPACO 2005.
For her film "The Education of Auma Obama", Okpako received the 2012 African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary, the Festival Founders Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (both in 2012), and the Viewers Choice Award at the Africa International Film Festival (2011). Her most recent project, The Curse of Medea (Fluch der Medea), a docu-drama about the life of the late German writer Christa Wolf, was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014.
Recommended Books on Nollywood:
Nollywood, Manipulation and Social Reality Perceptions by Adnan Ali Adikata (2014-07-17): Amazon.com: Books
Nollywood Till November: Memoirs of a Nollywood Insider: Charles Novia:
See the other popular books on #Nollywood on Amazon.com.mx: Nollywood