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Nollywood & Other Emerging Film Industries Anonymous 09/02/2020 (Wed) 18:59:27 No.585
[JW14 ~ 01/22/2020] I have recently watched a couple Nollywood films, and was curious what is /film/'s take on Nollywood? Personally, I love how enthusiastic they seem to be about making movies. I believe in a decade or two, they could begin going through a sort of "new wave", and start producing some real quality films.
The enthusiasm is evident in the Ugandan scene too. So far I don't think they've made anything essential but they've achieved worldwide meme fame, which counts for something. I don't know Nigerian films very well. I had the impression that Senegal was one of the better black African countries for cinema, although their output has slowed down a lot lately.
>>586 Senegal was definitely one of the better African countries for cinema in the 60s and 70s with people like Ousmane Sembène and Djibril Diop Mambéty. However, like you said, their output has slowed down tremendously. It seems like black African countries are now more focused on flashy blockbusters than on the actual art of film.
>>587 >nigger favorise bling-bling spectacular social statue stance instead of focusing on autistic talk of making artistic films and shiet yes
I was curious if BASTE Botswana had any sort of filmmaking yet. No films at all on KG and only 14 entries on imdb -- mostly nature documentaries. https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?country_of_origin=bw&ref_=tt_dt_dt It's interesting that one of their only TV shows takes place in a corporate setting, which indicates their level of development. Even though it's a very sparsely populated country maybe they're skipping over the village life / folklore type of content.
Wakaliwood and Nollywood are similar on the surface but seeing two of their movies I can say former makes genuinely good action movies, better than anything America has made, while Nigerians just make silly CGI stuff that lacks substance or attention-grabbing.
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Bangladesh checking in
>>591 Bangladesh is not an African country though.But still a good pick.Any other films you have seen from there?
>>592 True but topic says "Other Emerging Film Industries" Bangladesh has some films with crazy high imdb ratings. The film about their independence is probably inflated by nationalistic pride. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5510934/ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383177/ I would like to see this one https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374812/ Lalsalu AKA Tree Without Roots (2002) <In this tragic-comic study of religious hypocrisy, a disreputable cleric convinces villagers that their community is home to a famous holyman's grave.
>>593 Havent seen the first one.But Aguner Poroshmoni isnt good and I wouldnt recommend it.The same guy Directed Ghetuputro Komola which is a better made film.Havent seen the last one fully but the book is very well regarded.There hasnt been a better Director than Tareque Masud so after his accidental Death there hasnt been that many good films made.In recent memmory Kingdom of Claysubjects was a pretty decent film.There was also a good Mystery flick named Aynabazi.Bangladeshi films Has been a hit and miss for me.Although not Bangladeshi I would recommend Ritwik Kumar Ghataks(he was born in bangladesh) films.Recently Critereon released The Cloud Capped Sky.I am not Sure if I would call bangladeshi Film industry to be an emerging film industry.Its been there forever Growing and stagnating.Some would Say it doesnt have its old glorious days(commercial cinema).After Decades of stagnation films like Aynabazi seems to grow a local interest in films though.So I would probably not be calling it an "emerging" film industry.
>>593 Reminds me of Turkey, they always inflate their ratings as it was a popularity contest. Cannot trust anything from there, not even N. Ceylan's works.
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African cinema: ten of the best https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2012/sep/03/10-best-african-films https://archive.is/pRS9M An older list from Mark Cousins with some common titles and some others I haven't seen. This bisexual comment regarding Cairo Station was surprising to me. I don't remember that being relevant to the film at all, but perhaps there's a subtext that I completely missed. >If Alfred Hitchcock had been Egyptian and bisexual, and had himself played Norman Bates, Psycho might have been something like this.
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This documentary is credited to Ethiopia but it's not entirely homegrown -- the director is half-Mexican, left Ethiopia at age ten, studied at UCLA, lives in Brooklyn. Still I like the meditative mood of this trailer so (as someone who never watches anything new) I'll probably check it out. https://yewtu.be/watch?v=NltBA1RbJUc >Ethiopian legend has it that khat, a stimulant leaf, was found by Sufi Imams in search of eternity. Inspired by this myth, Faya Dayi is a spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf that Sufi Muslims chewed for religious meditations – and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop today
>>590 >Wakaliwood and Nollywood are similar on the surface but seeing two of their movies I can say former makes genuinely good action movies, better than anything America has made Is that ironic or has some Ugandan out there actually made a great action movie?
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>>1903 I remember watching one of the meme films, Bad Black, and jokes aside i was surprised how "decent" the plot was and it was alarmingly well executed too, budget and set conditions considered. Some overused action genre cliches are there along with the gaudy cheap CGI but the director still managed to pull interesting dynamics regarding the main protagonist's emotional progression from slum orphan to ruthless bad bitch (hence the film's title), not to mention a harsh critique on Africa in general with tongue in cheek jokes and plot points (kids used as sex toys, a hammer being called an Ugandan Key). Although somewhat of a weak ending part due to it being so prolonged/dragged out i suppose, great is not really what i would call this movie but there's obvious amounts of efforts and creativity (stuntmanship, prop item construction) that wager a bit of genuine praise out of the usual pity brownie points some african movies usually get. Hong Kong this ain't but it is more entertaining than a contemporary action movie without the expensive CGI tricks.
>>591 Some of the best movie producers in India are from Bengal, the Hindu part of Greater Bengal. I see Bangladesh film industry having a great future ahead.

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