Day 57: Franco Sacchi tours Nigeria’s booming Nollywood.

Apparently it costs 10,000 dollars to cut a decent feature film in a week in Nigeria. So what are we waiting for?

The Nigerian film industry, or Nollywood is 15 years old and began as a grassroots movement without external aid or government funding. It has developed into a 250 million dollar industry, the third largest in the world, in a country where thousands live on less than a dollar a day. It is a subsistence industry which produces over 2000 films yearly.

In this talk, Italian filmmaker Franco Sacchi discusses his personal interest in the African film industry and shows footage of Nollywood stars in action.

Sacchi was born and spent the first several years of his life in Zambia. When the family returned to Italy, he noticed his parents had a tough time telling stories about Africa. Their friends and neighbours wanted to hear the 2 stories they imagined. These were either those of despair or a romantic re-telling of ‘Out of Africa.’ Yet Sacchi knew Zambia as a country where he had lived, like any other.

No country has ever existed without the telling of stories. Sacchi and the Nollywood stars have a dream. They want to keep the story of Africa as it really exists alive. They hope for more collaborations between filmmakers both within Nigeria and beyond.  In the words of a Siberian elder;

If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life.”


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