Nollywood in Hollywood Presents: THE BRIDGE

March 24, 2018, 2:00 P.M.

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


in collaboration with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, O2A Media Inc., American Cinematheque,
USC African American Cinema Society (AACS), and USC Black Alumni Association (USC BAA),
invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Bridge

Directed by Kunle Afolayan
Written by Shola Dada
Produced by Lasun Ray

Followed by a Q&A with Kunle Afolayan

2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 24th, 2018

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About The Bridge

Obadare, a Yoruba prince, and Stella, a young lady from a distinguished Igbo family, are a couple whose relationship is threatened by tribal prejudice and parental plans for their lives. When the couple secretly weds against their parents' wishes, the consequence shake the very foundation and sustenance of both families.

Provided courtesy of the filmmaker. Not rated. Running time: 115 minutes.


About the Guest


Kunle Afolayan is a Nigerian film director, producer and actor. He is the son of the highly regarded theatre artist and filmmaker Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade Love).

In 2006, he directed the culturally conscious film Irapada (REDEMPTION), which showcased his refined sensibilities for the aesthetics of storytelling, which hadn’t been duly represented in his country’s filmmaking landscape. Afolayan received universal acclaim for this work. It became the first Nigerian film screened at the Pan African Film Festival in 2007.

His work Figurine (ARAROMIRE) is regarded as the film that ushered in a new wave of conscious filmmaking in Nigeria’s Nollywood, and arguably beyond its ecosystem. He has since released more critically acclaimed films such as, Phone Swap, October 1 and his latest installment The C.E.O.

Afolayan’s films have been screened at FESPACO, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), the BFI, New York Africa Film Festival amongst others. He was also invited in 2010 as an expert to the Berlinale Talent Campus, where he discussed the future of African Cinema, and most recently for the
"In Conversation with Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji" at the revered Toronto International Film Festival, where he discussed the current leaps within Nigerian cinema (Nollywood) and its effect on the global sphere and changing perception.

He is presently the brand ambassador for aviation giants, AIR FRANCE.

About Nollywood in Hollywood

Nollywood in Hollywood is a celebration of Nigeria’s growing cinema. From very inauspicious beginnings about twenty-five years ago, the industry grew to be the second largest in the world in terms of output. It is estimated that over 1,000 films are produced in Nollywood every year, most of them direct to video. In recent years, Nollywood films have garnered critical acclaim and have been exhibited at top film festivals. NOLLYWOOD IN HOLLYWOOD is the inaugural edition of what is planned as an annual exhibition of Nigeria's best films.

The event will include screenings, seminars and networking events. It is co-presented by the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian and O2A Media Inc.

About the African American Cinema Society (AACS)

The mission of the African American Cinema Society is to highlight and promote art and artists who are invested in showcasing complex and sophisticated representations of blackness and the black diaspora.

Visit the AACS Website:
Follow the AACS on Facebook:

About the USC Black Alumni Association (USC BAA)

Founded in 1976 by Rev. Dr. Thomas Kilgore Jr., the USC Black Alumni Association (USC BAA) is a leadership network established to strengthen the legacy of educational attainment and excellence of USC’s Black students. The USC BAA provides scholarship assistance, career mentoring and cultural advocacy through alumni networking, volunteer involvement, philanthropy and social enterprise. Our vision is to enable the most ethnically diverse and inclusive experience for all students, alumni and the community, given the rich legacy, contributions and participation of Black Trojans in the global success of USC.

Visit the BAA Website:

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 1:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street.

Official Airline Sponsor: Air France

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago