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Nollywood : The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres (Paperback) (Jonathan Haynes)
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The English-language branch of the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, has become the third largest in the world. Nollywood films saturate Nigeria and have spread across the African continent, achieving an astonishing extent and depth of cultural influence. They are the most important modern cultural form to come out of Africa. In this book, Jonathan Haynes aims to map out the cultural terrain of Nollywood films much more comprehensively and ambitiously than has been to date. He in effect establishes a canon for Nollywood films. The book is organized around the historical development of Nollywood film culture, which is explored with close attention to the recent history of Nigeria. Throughout the book, genre (defined with reference to common usage in Nigerian film markets) is the principal framework. Thus after establishing a sense of the material and social circumstances out of which Nollywood was born and exploring a few landmark films, Haynes analyzes the durable set of themes and plot types that dominate the industry and reveal deeply embedded tensions in contemporary Nigerian life. These genres include family films and romances, village films, cultural epics, political films, films made in or about the Nigerian diaspora, and campus films. Haynes concludes by offering some remarks on the future of Nollywood, exploring the buzz around a “New Nollywood” of films with higher budgets fit for international film festivals and widespread screening in cinemas in Nigeria and abroad.
Number of Pages: 375
Genre: Performing Arts, History, Social Science
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Jonathan Haynes
Street Date: October 4, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-2222
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