Black Star / Beyond Nollywood

A new generation of Nigerian filmmakers are revolutionising the industry.

Beyond Nollywood: Nigerian Cinema Charts a New Path

A ground-breaking programme of international Nigerian Cinema took place Fri 18 – Sun 20 November 2016 at the BFI Southbank as part of BFI BLACK STAR.

The Beyond Nollywood weekender showcased a new crop of Nigerian filmmakers who are revolutionising the industry beyond Nollywood with arthouse, documentary, animation and experimental films. The event was curated by Nadia Denton in association with BFI African Odysseys.

Beyond Nollywood opened with Green White Green: And All the Beautiful Colours in My Mosaic of Madness (Dir. Abba T Makama) a hilarious coming of age piece, the first art house film of its kind from Nigeria. Green White Green had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival to much acclaim. Variety described it as ’kinetic and colourful’. 

One of Nigeria’s most sought-after actresses, screen queen Nse Ikpe-Etim was in discussion about her career and the Nollywood star system. Ikpe-Etim has acted in over 20 films and was voted Best Actress at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards in 2014.

UK premieres of 14 short films were shown over the course of the weekend including; The Women of Nollywood: Amaka’s Kin, (Dir: Tope Oshin) an intimate look at the careers of a handful of female Directors referencing the late doyen filmmaker Amaka Igwe; I Believe in Pink (Dir: Victoria Thomas) a documentary about men who tattoo their lips pink in Lagos; futuristic animation The Golden Chain (Dir. Buki Bodunrin); and No Good Turn (Dir. Udoka Oyeka) a thrilling glimpse into the ramification of a deadly Boko Haram attack.

Guerrilla-style music documentary Faaji Agba (Dir. Remi Vaughan-Richards) told the history of the music scene of Lagos from highlife to juju and afrobeat; featuring Fatai Rolling Dollar, Alaba Pedro, SF Olowookere and Ayinde Bakare.

7 filmmakers were present over the course of the weekender to participate in post screening Q&As including Tope Oshin, Ishaya Bako and Remi Vaughan-Richards (who will be joining us from Nigeria); as well as Victoria Thomas, Sade Adeniran, Andy Mundy-Castle and Cherish Oteka.

The Beyond Nollywood Weekender opening gala screening of Green White Green on Fri 18 Nov was followed by an Afrobeats set with DJ Cuppy in the BFI Riverfront Bar.

Beyond Nollywood took place as part of the BFI’s nationwide BLACK STAR season, showcasing the earliest years of cinema through to the present day and celebrating the range, power and versatility of black actors October – December 2016.