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Inside Nigeria’s Prolific Film Industry – US News

BY DEIDRE McPHILLIPS

 

It’s a classic love story: girl loves boy, boy hurts girl, another boy saves the day. But in the movie “Flower Girl,” friends fawn over “African chic” fashion and party-goers ask the band to play “a traditional beat.”

It’s a Nollywood film.

Nollywood, the term that refers to Nigeria’s film industry, is the second-largest in the world in terms of volume. Some 2,500 films are produced annually, well ahead of Hollywood and second only to India’s Bollywood.

Often, these movies are completed in a week with a budget of no more than $20,000.

“It’s born out of passion. We are using what we have to tell our stories and get it out there,” says Michelle Bello, director of “Flower Girl” and founder of publishing company Blu Star Entertainment. She used her parents’ house as the set for a number of scenes in “Flower Girl.” And her life savings to make her first film, “Small Boy.”

In 2014, “Flower Girl” was selected as one of 10 films featured in NollywoodWeek Paris, an annual film festival founded by Serge Noukoué a year earlier to bring what he calls “the best of the best of what Nollywood has to offer to one of the world’s cultural capitals.”

Read the full feature on US News.

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