Global Nollywood

Global Nollywood : The Transnational Dimensions of an African Video Film Industry

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Global Nollywood considers this first truly African cinema beyond its Nigerian origins. In 15 lively essays, this volume traces the engagement of the Nigerian video film industry with the African continent and the rest of the world. Topics such as Nollywood as a theoretical construct, the development of a new, critical film language, and Nollywood's transformation outside of Nigeria reveal the broader implications of this film form as it travels and develops. Highlighting controversies surrounding commodification, globalization, and the development of the film industry on a wider scale, this volume gives sustained attention to Nollywood as a uniquely African cultural production.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 10 b&w illus.
  • 0253009359
  • 9780253009357
  • 1,722,230

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Krings and Okome have successfully produced a volume that is simultaneously delightfully entertaining yet appropriately erudite. It is a welcome addition to the fields of film, media, African, and cultural studies. The volume is extremely accessible to both the general informed public and academic audiences and, as a research tool, can be quickly or conveniently accessed for specific information. . . . In the end, the volume succeeds in demonstrating that Nollywood at home or abroad is as provocative as it is popular, and as such demands sustained critical attention. * Cinema Journal * Highly recommended. * Choice * Krings and Okome have successfully produced a volume that is simultaneously delightfully entertaining yet appropriately erudite. It is a welcome addition to the fields of film, media, African, and cultural studies. The volume is extremely accessible to both the general informed public and academic audiences and, as a research tool, can be quickly or conveniently accessed for specific information.Winter 2015 * Cinema Journal * This is a wonderful collection, bringing together a bounty of new information, descriptions and ideas. . . . Overall, the book brings together a set of highly original contributions that advance knowl- edge of Nigerian video production. * Africa * Global Nollywood represents the most up-to-date research on Nollywood as a transnational cultural practice and is a must-read for scholars and students of African screen media. * African Studies Review * The book compiles a range of pieces of high-quality academic work, dealing with Nollywood's transnational production, its uptake in different places in the world, and the various needs it serves of its many different audience groups in Africa and the diaspora. It also unveils a fascinating variety of the ways in which Nollywood cinema is viewed and interpreted, culturally remediated in new contexts, and its stories reproduced with a twist to cater to religious and cultural sensitivities. * Research in African Literatures * Kring's and Okome's edited volume represents a new and important stage in an ongoing conversation about Nollywood's transnational dimensions. . . This volume is highly recommended reading . . . . * African Arts * [T]he cumulative effect of [these] studies is to provide invaluable information for those wishing to keep up with where African cinema is today. * Journal of African History * [T]he book is ground-breaking in its exploration of unchartered territories. . . . It proves that, in spite of appearing to be a niche market, Nollywood, which has reconfigured the canonized theory of African cinema and inspired other African countries, can no longer be excluded from the canon of African cinema in the field of film studies. * African Affairs *show more

About Matthias Krings

Matthias Krings is Professor of Anthropology and African Popular Culture at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.Onookome Okome is Professor of African Literature and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.show more

Table of contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsNollywood and Its Diaspora: An Introduction \ Matthias Krings and Onookome OkomePart 1. Mapping the Terrain 1. From Nollywood to Nollyworld: Processes of Transnationalization in the Nigerian Video Film Industry \ Alessandro Jedlowski 2. Nollywood's Transportability: The Politics and Economics of Video Films as Cultural Products \ Jyoti Mistry and Jordache A. EllapenPart 2. Transnational Nollywood 3. The Nollywood Diaspora: A Nigerian Video Genre \ Jonathan Haynes 4. Nollywood Made in Europe \ Sophie Samyn 5. Made in America: Urban Immigrant Spaces in Transnational Nollywood Films \ Claudia Hoffmann 6. Reversing the Filmic Gaze: Comedy and the Critique of the Postcolony in Osuofia in London \ Onookome Okome 7. Nollywood and Postcolonial Predicaments: Transnationalism, Gender, and the Commoditization of Desire in Glamour Girls \ Paul UgorPart 3. Nollywood and Its Audiences 8. Nollywood in Urban Southern Africa: Nigerian Video Films and Their Audiences in Cape Town and Windhoek \ Heike Becker 9. Religion, Migration, and Media Aesthetics: Notes on the Circulation and Reception of Nigerian Films in Kinshasa \ Katrien Pype 10. "African Movies" in Barbados: Proximate Experiences of Fear and Desire \ Jane Bryce 11. Consuming Nollywood in Turin, Italy \ Giovanna Santanera 12. Nigerian Videos and Their Imagined Western Audiences: The Limits of Nollywood's Transnationality \ Babson AjibadePart 4. Appropriations of Nollywood 13. Transgressing Boundaries: Reinterpretation of Nollywood Films in Muslim Northern Nigeria \ Abdalla Uba Adamu 14. Karishika with Kiswahili Flavor: A Nollywood Film Retold by a Tanzanian Video Narrator \ Matthias Krings 15. Bloody Bricolages: Traces of Nollywood in Tanzanian Video Films \ Claudia BohmeList of ContributorsIndexshow more