Al Jazeera English has made available online its new documentary titled Nollywood, which aired on July 28, 2015. The documentary provides an in-depth look at the Nigerian film industry through the eyes of its stakeholders- producers, actors and directors.
As far as documentaries on Nollywood go, Al Jazeera’s version is the most enlightening (and technically superior) dissection of the film industry I’ve seen in a while. It defines Nollywood through Nollywood, and not the perspectives of an outsider who brings little or no contextual interpretation into his/her analysis.
It’s a 47-minute video, so it’s likely to take a little toll on your data, but it’s totally worth it. By the time you’re done, it’s more than likely that you’ll begin to see Nollywood in a new light, if you don’t already do.
I’ve noticed however that over the past few months, a lot of attention has been drawn to the Nigerian film industry. Yes, there’s always been attention, but not this many within such short period of time. I’ve read countless articles of the Nollywood story in some of the world’s most reputable media outlets and watched more than a few documentaries made by the western media, all within the space of a few months. While I agree that the exposure is a good thing, it feels like the industry is just the next thing for these media outlets to feast on, and once the story dries up, they move on and forget about it entirely.
Whether this turns out to be true or not, it’s down to the industry’s stakeholders to make the most of this exposure and possible sell their story to the rest of the world.
Watch the Al Jazeera documentary below and remember to leave your thoughts in the comments section.