British-Nigerian photographer Misan Harriman, renowned for his evocative portraits, spoke to Akoroko about his ventures into filmmaking, marking his directorial debut with a Netflix-backed short starring David Oyelowo.
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Explorin the evolution of Nollywood’s identity, from its modest beginnings to its quest for recognition on the global stage, highlighting the challenges and changes within the Nigerian film industry.
Hollywood’s history, despite its challenges, provides a wealth of lessons that could equip evolving African film industries to better engage with international markets and partnerships, potentially playing a significant role in elevating African cinema to a global stage.
Tying into broader debates on cultural validation and global representation in the international film landscape, let’s consider the issue objectively, especially now post the October 2 Academy submission deadline.
Effiong shares insights on the post-release ride of his feature directorial debut, global recognition, and his bustling future endeavors.
The developments from the Summit herald a promising future for the Kenyan film industry, with substantial economic, cultural, and social benefits anticipated for the country.
In ‘MAMI WATA,’ C.J. Obasi navigates ancient folklore and modern conflict, exploring the spiritual deity in a contemporary setting. The film highlights the balance between tradition and modernity, reflecting the dual nature of water and the enduring legend of Mami Wata.
While both films followed different paths in terms of financing, audience targeting, and global reach, both films contribute valuable insights and lessons for future film projects in Nigeria and Africa broadly, emphasizing the importance of diverse financing strategies, global collaboration, and effective communication and transparency.
UNDER THE HANGING TREE initially premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) in January 2023. It will be showcased at the Namibia Film Commission’s Film Week from September 25-29, 2023, where a decision on an Oscar submission will likely be made.
The filmmakers say they want to challenge traditional, linear models of dramaturgy and retelling of history, combining traditional methods of storytelling with modern technology to create a comprehensive experience.