NOLLYWOOD IN HOLLYWOOD 2021
September 10, 2021 - September 11, 2021, Varied
Live Online Webinar
The USC School of Cinematic Arts, O2A Media Inc., and the American Cinematheque,
invite you to attend
A two-day celebration of Nollywood Cinema online this September 10th & 11th, 2021
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. Founded by Nigerian-American filmmaker, Ose Oyamendan and co-presented by O2A Media, Inc. alongside the School of Cinematic Arts and the American Cinematheque, programming at the Aero Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Los Feliz 3 Theatre. NOLLYWOOD IN HOLLYWOOD 2021 is the fourth edition of our annual exhibition of Nigeria's best films.
ALL PROGRAMMING WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE
AND IS OFFERED FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
Schedule of Events
Friday, September 10th, 2021 -- 7:30 P.M. PDT
2020, 136 min, Nigeria, Dir: Desmond Ovbiagele
In rural sub-Saharan Africa, Aisha, a Fulani milkmaid, is searching for her younger sister, Zainab. Dire personal circumstances force her to approach the religious militants who were responsible for their separation in the first instance, but she is determined to find her despite the compromises she must make to do so. However, her quest to recapture her blithe past proves to be unexpectedly complicated in a world whose festering conflict provides several paths to becoming a victim with typically irreversible consequences.
The story juxtaposes the color and elegance of rural Hausa/Fulani culture against a graphic and visceral portrayal of the harrowing ordeal of conflict victims and the personal and societal implications of the resulting psychological trauma. The film draws attention to the present plight of real-life victims of militant insurgency in Nigeria (internally displaced persons, IDPs), to generate support for their economic & psychological rehabilitation and social re-integration.
Followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director/Producer Desmond Ovbiagele and Lead Actress Anthonieta Kalunta.
LEARN MORE AT: http://cinema.usc.edu/Milkmaid
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Saturday, September 11th, 2021 -- 1:00 P.M. PDT
Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)
2020, 116 min, Nigeria, Dir: Arie and Chuko Esiri
A triumph at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, the revelatory debut feature from codirectors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria. Shot on richly textured 16 mm film and infused with the spirit of neorealism, Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers—Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister—as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe while bumping up against the harsh economic realities of a world in which every interaction is a transaction. From these intimate stories emerges a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos, whose social fabric is captured in all its vibrancy and complexity.
Followed by a Q&A with Co-Director/Producer Arie Esiri and Producer Melissa Adeyemo.
LEARN MORE AT: http://cinema.usc.edu/Eyimofe
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Name: Alessandro Ago