Saturday, June 20, 2009

Nollywood will win international award

According to Hakeem Kae-Kazim who has starred in blockbuster movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, X-MEN Origins and has also done some major TV in roles in 24 and Lost. The Nigerian born actor and producer shares his thoughts on the possibility of a Nigerian made movie winning an international award.

"I have not seen a Nollywood movie as yet win an international award. But it will happen!" he said, adding that, "just as the Indian film industry has now climbed to acceptable international status, it is only a matter of time before Nollywood films reach that height."

Kae-Kazim said besides telling original African stories from an African perspective, Nollywood has great potential to stand the test of time.

"That is why they have had such a reach around the continent and throughout the Diaspora. I believe in a few years, we will see some truly great African cinema, with international production values come out of the Nollywood machine."

Kazim expressed that the way to improve the Nigerian film industry will be by budgeting more money into Nollywood productions and also cutting down piracy to increase the film makers return their investment thereby increasing production value.

He also shared some of his movie making experience:

"I produced a Nollywood movie in the Nollywood style while in South Africa to see what it was like working in that way. And also to see whether it was a way of giving a voice to local film makers who had stories to tell but without the access to the local film making machine- which I felt was more interested in making Eurocentric type of films or films in a more western type of way negating the African voice, even when they had an African theme.

"The film, was called 'Coming to South Africa" and it was about two Nigerians who leave home and head for South Africa to make a better life for themselves. They both find it difficult and one decides to make his way by selling drugs, while the other decides to go and work his way up, starting off as a factory guard to pay his way through college."

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