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Nigerian film: Nollywood
Topic by: waves1
Posted: December 14, 2008 - 4:28 PM PST
Last Reply: December 15, 2008 - 11:58 PM PST

author topic: Nigerian film: Nollywood
waves1
post #1  on December 14, 2008 - 4:28 PM PST  
A guy from Cameroon said there were no films to recommend from his country, that they watched Nigerian flicks. Know any good ones?
Catullus
post #2  on December 14, 2008 - 9:37 PM PST  
I cant imagine there is a very big market for nigerian films by English speaking nations.

Thus I think it would be impossible or very nigh, to get one with English subtitles.

Unless you speak the language that is...
kaream
post #3  on December 15, 2008 - 7:06 PM PST  
> On December 14, 2008 - 9:37 PM PST Catullus wrote:
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> I cant imagine there is a very big market for nigerian films by English speaking nations.
>
> Thus I think it would be impossible or very nigh, to get one with English subtitles.
>
> Unless you speak the language that is...
>
> ---------------------------------

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria#Language:
The number of languages currently estimated and catalogued in Nigeria is 521. This number includes 510 living languages, two second languages without native speakers and 9 extinct languages. In some areas of Nigeria, ethnic groups speak more than one language. The official language of Nigeria, English, was chosen to facilitate the cultural and linguistic unity of the country. The choice of English as the official language was partially related to the fact that a part of Nigerian population spoke English as a result of British colonization that ended in 1960.
kaream
post #4  on December 15, 2008 - 7:10 PM PST  
> On December 14, 2008 - 4:28 PM PST waves1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> A guy from Cameroon said there were no films to recommend from his country, that they watched Nigerian flicks. Know any good ones?
> ---------------------------------

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Nigeria

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nigerian_films
underdog
post #5  on December 15, 2008 - 7:13 PM PST  
There was a recent documentary about Nollywood: This is Nollywood. Looks interesting though I can't attest to its quality. We've dropped the filmmakers a line about DVD status (for rental purposes).
kaream
post #6  on December 15, 2008 - 7:25 PM PST  
> On December 14, 2008 - 4:28 PM PST waves1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> A guy from Cameroon said there were no films to recommend from his country, that they watched Nigerian flicks. Know any good ones?
> ---------------------------------

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Cameroonian_films

For instance, here's the listing under P -- any one of which sounds as though it might be interesting (at least as much so as many of the Nigerian titles I noticed):

Pourquoi les blancs font la polygamie? (1986)
Pousse-pousse (1976)
Le prix de la liberté (1978)
Les pygmées Bakas (2004)

kaream
post #7  on December 15, 2008 - 7:42 PM PST  
> On December 15, 2008 - 7:13 PM PST underdog wrote:
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> There was a recent documentary about Nollywood: This is Nollywood.
> ---------------------------------

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nollywood_Movies_(TV_channel):

Nollywood Movies (or Nollywood as it appears on the EPG) is a subscription movie television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom on the Sky Digital platform.

The channel is the first 24-hour Nigerian Movie channel to launch and operate in the UK. The Nigerian movie industry (officially known as Nollywood), is the 3rd largest film producing area in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood.

The Nollywood channel broadcasts over 30 different movies a month including Drama, Comedy, Romance, Family, Traditional, Suspense, fantasy and True Story films. These include new and recent releases from production companies in Nigeria. The majority of the films broadcast are in English, with a few indigenous-language films with English subtitles also shown. The channel is funded through subscription and advertising.
kaream
post #8  on December 15, 2008 - 11:20 PM PST  
> On December 15, 2008 - 7:25 PM PST kaream wrote:
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> Pourquoi les blancs font la polygamie? (1986)
> Pousse-pousse (1976)
> Le prix de la liberté (1978)
> Les pygmées Bakas (2004)
> ---------------------------------

How Come the White Guys Indulge in Polygamy?
Pousse-pousse*
The Price (or Prize??) of Liberty
The Bakas Pygmies

*A pousse-pousse is a type of two-wheeled pedicab or rickshaw, etc, used in Africa, usually pulled by a donkey or other animal rather than a person. By itself, 'pousse' is an interesting word, with many different meanings -- including, presumably onomatopoeically, horse farts. Presumably, however, horse fart is unrelated to donkey cart, at least etymologically.

(Does everyone know the story about the Queen and the visiting dignitary? There are many versions; here's one:
A well-known story covers the state visit to Britain in the 1960s of General Gowon, the military ruler of Nigeria. On the first day, as he settled down in the open landau at Victoria station for the procession down the Mall, one of the horses thunderously broke wind. The Queen turned to him and apologised. "Ma'am, don't worry at all," he said. "To tell the truth, I thought it was one of the horses.")
kaream
post #9  on December 15, 2008 - 11:58 PM PST  
> On December 15, 2008 - 7:25 PM PST kaream wrote:
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> Les pygmées Bakas (2004)
> ---------------------------------

Bakas

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