available on

09/03/2022

documentary film, 64 minutes

a Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg production,

supported by the German Embassy, Abuja

Germany 2020




trailer

 

OFFICIAL TRAILER

language: English

© Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

edited by: Tobias Wilhelmer

OTHER TRAILER VERSIONS

language: German

 

RTHK trailer

language: Cantonese

edited by: Radio Televison Hongkong

language: Spanish

 

DW trailer

language: English

edited by: Deutsche Welle

 
 




synopsis

 

In terms of the number of productions, Nigerian Nollywood is considered the "second largest film industry in the world" (UNESCO) - after Indian Bollywood, but ahead of Hollywood. The industry is based in the port metropolis of Lagos and is known for quickly produced low-budget films. However, in recent years, Nollywood has seen major changes. On the one hand, the Internet enables cost-effective worldwide distribution, on the other hand, numerous new multiplex cinemas are springing up in Africa's megacities. A turbulent dynamic has been set in motion, making Lagos a playground for adventurers chasing their dreams.

 

Born in Berlin, Bastian Gotter experienced the miracle of his career as a start-up entrepreneur in Nollywood: it began with a few films on YouTube and led to the founding of the company now considered the 'Netflix of Africa'. Director Abba Makama dreams of a pan-African cinematic movement and creates exceptional reference works. Producer and filmmaker Don Omope is one of many British Nigerians who have recently returned to their country: "We are here to become the Tarantinos and Steven Spielbergs of Nigeria."

filmstills

© Johannes Preuss / Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg




distribution

 

international distribution

by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

and Rushlake Media

 

FESTIVALS

SWR Doku Festival 2018, Stuttgart, Germany | screened in a rough cut version in a joint screening with GALAMSEY

Out of Africa International Film Festival 2020, Nairobi, Kenya | official selection

German International Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF) 2020, Göttingen, Germany | official selection

Bayelsa International Film Festival (biff), Yenagoa, Nigeria | official selection

TELEVISION

broadcasted by Deutsche Welle

in a 43 minute version

in three language versions: English, German and Spanish

in 2020/2021

broadcasted by Radio Television Hong Kong

in a Cantonese language version

in 2020

VIDEO ON DEMAND

available on Netflix

on 09/03/2022

 

available on Sooner

now!

available on South African based streaming service Showmax

 

in 2020/2021

DVD/ BLURAY

distributed on DVD by LinguaVideo

 

in a 45 minute English language version of the documentary

for use in school lessons, mainly for English classes in German high-schools 

 

POSTER

 

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© Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

poster image: Abayomi Akande

poster design: Tobias Frei

 

 




credits

 

protagonists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

written & directed by

producer

cinematography

editor

music

title music recorded with

orchestra conducted by

narrated by

boom operator

sound postproduction

motion- & titeldesign

animation

color grading

supervising lecturer

support Goethe-Institut, Lagos

Bastian Gotter

Ijeoma Grace Agu

Abba Makama

Don Omope

Daniel Oriahi

Sheibu Husseini

among others

 

Johannes Preuss

Johannes Preuss & Mark Szilagyi
Johannes Preuss & Abayomi Akande
Tobias Wilhelmer

Max Clouth
Filmorchester Babelsberg

Jörg Iwer

Christian Baumann (German version)

Opas Onucheyo

Robin Harff & Thomas Rother
Tobias Frei

Mario Bertsch

Martin Mikosch
Günter Myrell

Derin Ajao

production pictures

© Johannes Preuss & Abayomi Akande

 

 


screener

 

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NOLLYWOOD SCREENER

language version: English

NOLLYWOOD SCREENER

language version: German

 

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