A two-day celebration of Nollywood Cinema hosted by
The American Cinematheque, O2A Media Inc., and USC School of Cinematic Arts
Nollywood in Hollywood is a celebration of Nigeria’s growing cinema. From very inauspicious beginnings about twenty-five years ago, the industry grew to be the second largest in the world in terms of output. It is estimated that over 1,000 films are produced in Nollywood every year, most of them direct to video. In recent years, Nollywood films have garnered critical acclaim and have been exhibited at top film festivals. NOLLYWOOD IN HOLLYWOOD is the second edition of our annual exhibition of Nigeria’s best films.
Saturday, March 23
Women of Nollywood Panel Discussion– at 3:00 p.m.
Lionheart– at 4:00 p.m.
In her directorial debut, Nigerian star Genevieve Nnaji constructs a moving story of female empowerment set against the backdrop of a male-dominated corporate world. After a sudden health crisis, Chief Obiagu (Pete Edochie) must appoint a temporary head of his family transportation business, which is on the brink of financial ruin. Despite her obvious qualifications, daughter Adaeze (Nnaji) is passed over for the promotion when the chief appoints her unruly uncle Godswill (Nkem Owoh) instead. Despite her feelings of betrayal, it is up to Adaeze to keep her uncle in check and the family business afloat. “A feel-good story the entire family can watch, and Nnaji’s performance makes you want to see Adaeze win in the end.” – Joel Keller, Decider.
King of Boys– at 6:30
King of Boys follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past and a promising political future. She is a pillar of society — loved by many, feared by most, and truly known by a select few. As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear. To come out of this on top, she will need every ounce of the cunning, ruthlessness, and strategy that took her to the top, as well as the loyalty of those closest to her. But who can she really trust? King of Boys stars Sola Sobowale, Remilekun “Reminisce” Safaru, Adesua Etomi, Paul Sambo, illBLISS, Akin Lewis, Toni Tones, Demola Adedoyin, Osas Ajibade, Sharon Ooja, and Jide Kosoko.
Q & A with director Kemi Adetiba to follow
This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 3:45 P.M.
All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street.
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