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Nollywood 3.0: Images and Stories from the African Diaspora

  • Metrograph 7 Ludlow Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

As travel and technology continue to shrink the globe, so does the third largest continent in the world. “Africa is a Country” is a popular blog whose title parodies how westerners (including the current U.S. President) have traditionally regarded the continent of Africa. The launch of this film series provides an alternative glimpse into the current creative, vibrant contemporary film scene in Africa, highlighting distinctive films from Nigeria and South Africa in this inaugural launch.


 Feature Films Screening at Nollywood 3.0 

Greed (Ojukokoro)

by Dare Olaitan. 113 mins

Combining the two unlikely genres of comedy and thriller, Greed tells the story of an attempted robbery that goes very wrong from three contradictory points of view. A product of the “New Nollywood”, the film’s director is a young 27 year old Dare Olaitan. An obvious Akira Kurosawa fan, Dare is also an economics and business management major who acknowledges the potential for economic growth in the African film marketplace. This is his first feature film.

Tell Me Sweet Something

by Akin Omotoso. 90 mins

An aspiring novelist with writer’s block, Moratiwa runs a second hand bookstore in the hippest part of Johannesburg. Meeting the man of her dreams takes our heroine on a journey of comic encounters in this charming, funny and romantic film.  Revealing a tangible chemistry between the two lead characters, the film also shows a side of Johannesburg rarely seen. This is Nigerian born Akin Omotoso’s third feature film, situating him as a dominant player in the world of new African cinema.

 Short Films Screening at Nollywood 3.0

The Knot by Davina Lee. 15 mins

A love story with an interesting twist – revealing the role Santeria plays in a destined relationship. While based on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, Davina Lee attributes that much of her work is influenced by folklore that journeyed across from the African continent, carried down from generation to generation.

OBLIVIOUS by Ekene Som Mekwunye. 26 mins

It’s a story we’ve heard many times before -- a married man finds a new lover and asks his wife for a divorce. His wife says she would grant his request under one condition: he must carry her out of bed every day for a month. In the end, we find the husband was completely oblivious of what his wife was going through. Best short film, AMVCA 2015

THE ENCOUNTER by Ekene Som Mekwunye. 20 mins

This short film documents the last encounter between the Biafran warlord Emeka Ojukwu, and Ifeajuna before the latter was executed for treason during the heat of the Biafran war. The both childhood friends find themselves on the side of the cause. The film won Best Score at the AMVCA in 2017, and a Jury Special award at AFRIFF 20.

Q&A to follow at 1:00pm after Tell Me Sweet Something with Sean Jacobs and after the 6:00pm Shorts program with writer, director and producer Adetero Makinde.