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Nollywood Abroad| 47mins
Director: Saartje Geerts | Producer: Associate Directors
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Belgium
Subject Tags: africa, belief, europe, migration, nigeria, psychology, relationships
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
John is a young Nigerian immigrant who has been living in Antwerp, Belgium for a number of years. Like most of his compatriots, he is a great fan of Nollywood movies. 'Nollywood' represents the Nigerian film industry, the third largest in the world. Nollywood films are straight from the heart. They are made quickly and on a shoestring, telling true life stories with a strong moral content. John dreams of a career as a famous and respected Nollywood filmmaker and of building a life in Europe. But he gets set up in a shady affair. John is arrested and subsequently convicted of inciting prostitution and complicity in people trafficking. After serving his sentence he decides to make his own story into a film, called "Desperate Heart." The manner in which John presents his tale, interspersed with comments from friends-cum-actors as well as independent testimonials from Nigeria, ultimately reveals what led to his conviction. Will making this film help him regain the respect he so craves? Little is known about life in the Nigerian community in Europe. "Nollywood Abroad" lifts the veil by providing an original combination of four thematic threads: immigration, prostitution, religion and film-making.

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