Welcome to Nollywood, Nigeria's gonzo film industry: Franco Sacchi on

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Zambia-born filmmaker Franco Sacchi tours us through Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry (said to be the world’s 3rd largest). Listen for stories of guerrilla filmmaking and brilliance under pressure from crews that can shoot a full-length feature in a week. (Recorded June 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania. Duration: 17:34.)

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Comments (2)

  • Tony Comstock commented on Nov 25 2008

    My first encounter with Nigerian flicks was in 2003 in a safe house near the border between Kenya and and Sudan. By American standards, the production values weren’t very good, but my Kenyan colleagues were transfixed; films featuring authentic African stories with African actors play well for an African audience.

    There are A LOT of under-served audiences. If you show them some respect with the way you treat subjects they’re interested in, they’ll forgive a lot of faults with your production technique.

  • William Taylor commented on Nov 20 2008

    Full lenght feature film in just a week? How do they do that?