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USA / Nigeria (MIFF 2007, Africa! Africa!)

Director: Jamie Meltzer


The Nigerian film industry - aka Nollywood - is booming. By shooting all films on digital video, the industry has compressed production schedules into a matter of days. Taking films directly to Lagos' Idumota electronics market and selling them as home videos has simplified the ‘distribution' process. Looking at three Nigerian directors and a collection of Nollywood cinephiles, Jamie Meltzer's documentary provides a compelling and humorous snapshot of this 286 million dollar per year industry. D Jamie Meltzer P Michael Cayce Lindner WS Jamie Meltzer TD digibeta/2007/58mins Menged proves a lot can happen in the Ethiopian countryside on the long way to the market. A father and son follow everybody's good advice… and come back to their senses. Adapted from a traditional Ethiopian folk tale, this film is very much a parable for Ethiopia today: A country in transition between modernism and traditional belief.

Check out the Talking Picture Session - Nollywood Calling

Menged: D/S Daniel Taye Workou P Mesereta Argaw, Solomon Bekele WS BiraBiro Films L Ethiopian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/20mins

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