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NOLLYWOOD NEW YORK FILM SERIES
NOLLYWOOD AT 20
WITH THE U.S. PREMIERE OF ‘PHONE SWAP’ and FIRST CUT OF ‘FINDING MERCY’ SCREENING
(New York, NY) October 6, 2013 – The Nollywood New York Film Series, organized by the Yoruba Cultural Institute and MediAfritiQ, will host the U.S premiere screening of two Nigerian blockbusters, Phone Swap (by Kunle Afolayan) and Finding Mercy (by Desmond Elliot). The series discusses and celebrates the notion of Nollywood At 20, this Saturday at theStudio Museum on October 12, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The film screenings are followed by a panel discussion and networking over Nigerian cuisine.
Our panelists include Nigerian-American Hollywood actor and activist Gbenga Akinnagbe, veteran Nollywood screen diva and human rights advocate, Stella Damasus; Shadow and Act’s Tambay Obenson; Mojisola Sonoiki, founder and director of WOCAF Festival; Iroko Partners business development officer, Oluchi Enuha; and NYU professor of Drama and Filmmaker Dr. Awam Amkpa.
The Nollywood New York Film Series will provide residents of the tri-State area regular opportunities to view high-quality indigenous language and English Nollywood films in an environment that allows for networking and frank discourse on Nigerian cinema.
- To generate increased awareness of world-class Nigerian films, indigenous-language films and filmmakers, highlighting their use as tools of cultural education
- To generate among potential filmmakers a better understanding of the opportunities to make quality films for the Nollywood and Diaspora market
- To engender a renewed commitment to supporting African film industries with an increase in Diaspora spending
- To connect film industry professionals with quality content creators, and challenge filmmakers in the production of content that edify and enlighten viewers while painting a balanced and authentic picture of West Africa
Sponsorship and participation is provided by: YORUBA CULTURAL INSTITUTE (learnyoruba.org), MEDIAFRITIQ (mediafritiq.com), Studio Museum Harlem, Applause Africa Magazine, IrokoTV, Ayo Balogun, Divine Flavored, and Buka
About Yoruba Cultural Institute
For over five years, YCI has provided Yoruba language and cultural instruction to diverse members of the Nigerian Diaspora, African Diaspora and international community using film, music and other multimedia along with a standard language curriculum.
For more information about Nollywood New York Film Series:
Studio Museum, Harlem
October 12, 2013 4:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m
For more information visit: nollywoodnewyork.org
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