Nollywood in Focus

by Osahon Akpata
in Shorts, African

vNollywood in Focus is an intriguing portrait of Nigeria’s burgeoning film industry, which has emerged into prominence as the second largest producer of film content globally. Directed by renowned photographer and artist, Iké Udé, over 40 Nollywood personalities share their views on the challenges and opportunities in the Nigerian film industry.

Udé who conducts the interviews is never seen or heard on camera, making the subjects the focus of the film as they paint a portrait of Nollywood themselves. The film captures a cross section of Nollywood personalities from the more established actors and directors such as Genevieve Nnaji, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Kunle Afolayan and Lancelot Imasuen to the emerging stars such as Gideon Okeke, Kehinde Bankole and Osas Ighodaro.

Nollywood in Focus is a celebration of an industry that has against all odds gained global recognition as an independent, self-sustaining film industry run by Africans for Africans.

Director Biography – Iké Udé
Iké Udé was born in Nigeria in the 1960s and has lived in New York City, New York in the US for over 3 decades during which time he has earned the reputation as a master portraitist. Udé gives conceptual aspects of performance and representation a new vitality, melding his own theatrical selves and multiple personae with his art. He has held numerous exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of top museums worldwide including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Institution and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Udé is very conversant with the worlds of celebrity and fashion and is publisher of the acclaimed aRUDE magazine. He has made the coveted Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List three times (in 2009, 2012 and 2015)

Mr. Udé is author of Nollywood Portraits: A Radical Beauty (published by Skira in 2016), Style Files: The World’s Most Elegantly Dressed (published by Harper Collins in 2008) and Beyond Decorum (published by MIT Press in 2000).

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