BY ESE DIBEBI
Filmkollektiv Frankfurt is requesting support for its worldwide first publication on the films of Ola Balogun, the pioneer of Nigerian cinema, analysing/discovering his magical cinema.
A non-benefit film association active since 2013, Filmkollektiv is dedicated to showing forgotten and/or rare films of movie history.
It has been able to showcase directors or cinema genres that are otherwise invisible over the years and are now organizing the first retrospective ever on Ola Balogun in summer 2015 for which we had been preparing for about a year.
This publication aims to initiate a rediscovery of the filmic work of Nigerian film director Ola Balogun, who between 1972 and 1982 wrote, produced and directed ten feature films that can be considered one of the lasting achievements of African and particularly Nigerian cinema.
“Let’s face it: Without Ola Balogun, the audiovisual culture of Nigeria (at least that of the nation’s southern regions) would most probably look different. How? – who knows. Maybe not even fundamentally so, for one of the most important things Balogun did was to simply tap the sources, work with art forms already very much alive, most importantly the Yoruba traveling theater culture. And more. There’s always an “and” and a “but” often followed by an “also” when it comes to describing, defining the vast and aesthetically widely varying œuvre of Balogun, an auteur who worked in several languages (Balogun made films in English, Yoruba and Igbo) and also used a variety of artistic approaches…” (Olaf Möller, extract from the essay to be published in the book).
This project will only be funded if at least €4,000 is pledged by .
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Watch the Kickstater campaign project video on Ola Balogun below: