2014


CULTURAL CONFIDENCE: Event Details

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It’s Almost Time

OCTOBER 1, the film everyone in Nigeria is talking about, will have it’s US debut at CULTURAL CONFIDENCE. This HISTORIC film is the epitome of what NDFS was created for — culturally relevant, world class storytelling.

BUY Tickets in advance to avoid disapointment. Prices are higher at the door.

Here’s a breakdown of this weekend’s events. You. Do. Not. Want. To. Miss. This.

THURSDAY

Opening Reception. Doors open at 6PM.
RSVP to nollywood@filmseries.co by WEDNESDAY 10/8 for FREE entry before 7PM. Buy dinner tickets here.

LOCATION: Le Souk Harem. 510 LaGuardia Place. Manhattan. (6 train to Bleeker St. B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette. A/B/C/D/E/F/M to West 4th St. 1 train to Houston St.).

FRIDAY

THE SUPREME PRICE Film. Doors open 7:30PM
Film screening and Q&A with award-winning Filmmaker Joanna Lipper and Khafila Abiola–activist & daughter of MKO Abiola.
Moderated by Busayo Olupona.

LOCATION: NYU Kimmel Center. 60 Washington Square South.

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SATURDAY

Doors open at 11AM
FILM SHORTS – 11:15AM
CULTURAL CONFIDENCE PANEL 12PM
COUTURE CULTURE PANEL 1:30PM
MOTHER OF GEORGE FILM 3:30PM
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN FILM 5:30PM
OCTOBER 1 FILM 7:30PM
Q&A WITH KUNLE AFOLAYAN

LOCATION: NYU Kimmel Center. 60 Washington Square South.

SUNDAY

11AM – 2PM
Yoruba, Igbo and Efik Workshops

LOCATION: NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor. Manhattan. (6 train to Astor Place, N/R to 8th St. NYU)

Are you ready? Are you ready? This is going to be an AMAZING weekend! You might just walk away from it with ridiculous amounts of CULTURAL CONFIDENCE. You might walk taller, prouder, more sure of who you are. JOIN US.

SPECIAL GUESTS

+ PANELISTS

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KUNLE AFOLAYAN

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ADEPERO ODUYE

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GBENGA AKINNAGBE

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JOANNA LIPPER

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WUNMI OLAIYA

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LOZA MALEOMBHO

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BUSAYO OLUPONA

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KUKUA ODOI

Special Guests: Wunmi Olaiya

Wunmi Olaiya, international recording artist and global brand, is the embodiment of cultural confidence. Her raw lyricism and musical performances have been described as “sensational,” “breathtaking,” “mesmerizing” from London to Tokyo to Bahia and feature an eclectic mix of AfroBeat, House, Jazz, Funk; likening her to a new-era Fela Kuti.  She’s made music and shared stages with everyone from Soul II Soul to Tony Allen to Roy Ayers.

Wunmi is as real as it gets, and her performance talent is fully matched by her gift as a fashion architect. Having designed for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Esmerelda Spalding and Susan Taylor, among others, her stringent commitment to superior quality, authenticity, beauty has made her own clothing line—Wow Wow by Wunmi—one of the most coveted ready to wear African fashion brands on the planet. Join Wunmi and other culturally confident ALAs (Africans Living Abroad) at NDFS Cultural Confidence.

Learn more about Wunmi here.

Half of a Yellow Sun to Screen at Cultural Confidence

Half of a Yellow Sun provides an intimate encounter with one of the most important pieces of Nigerian history. This classic film juxtaposes love with violence, family with enmity, self-hatred with cultural confidence.

This film demonstrates so beautifully that the beginning of cultural confidence is the embracing of history. Accepting the truth of our history–as individuals and as a nation–allows us to build new and better truths in the future.

What Biyi Bandele and the HOAYS executive team have done here is not only recount history; they have made history. Half of a Yellow Sun was funded by Nigerians, filmed in Nigeria, by Nigerians. Additionally, this film can stand against any film from any industry. Production quality, storytelling, aesthetics…this is Nollywood. This should be the Nollywood standard. This is the new bar for anyone within the borders of Nigeria creating content.

Join us for the screening of Half of a Yellow Sun and a discussion on how film and media can advance a nation’s cultural confidence. Tickets.

View the trailer here:

Special Guests: Adepero Oduye

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“To watch Adepero Oduye … is to experience the thrill of discovery.” – A.O. Scott (New York Times)

Before we saw her as Eliza, starring across from Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, Adepero Oduye brought us several powerful characters on the big screen and on Broadway. Growing up in Brooklyn as one of seven children, Oduye says she always considered herself Nigerian first. A former pre-med student, Oduye defied all odds by leaving the medical path to become a successful actor.

The second most amazing thing about Oduye, who the New York Times calls “a master of understatement,” is that she is motivated by a passion for telling powerful stories. In Pariah, her breakout film, Oduye played a teenager who overcame tremendous opposition to embrace her queer sexuality. In Steel Magnolias, with Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Felicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard, she played ‘Anelle,’ a character who transforms herself from fearful and shy, to bold and true.

The most amazing thing about Oduye is what the Times calls her “megawatt smile,” which we’ve seen in Fela! On Broadway, Law & Order, The Bluest Eye, Trip to Bountiful and much more.

Come and meet Adepero and other culturally confident special guests at NDFS: Cultural Confidence on October 10 & 11 at NYU. Tickets

The Legacy of June 12: There Once Was a Country

Once upon a time, there was a country. Growing up in the West, the most dominant narrative of Nigeria had to do with poverty, sickness, corruption, greed and more poverty. Going home was like playing Russian roulette with your life because chances were, you would get malaria or typhoid or get robbed, or be harassed by police men or get in a deadly car crash or see dead bodies littering the streets, or be kidnapped…

There was another Nigeria, though, before we millennials were born. A place where university students received stipends from their local, state and federal governments, so that a good college education was absolutely free. A place with currency stronger than the US dollar. A place from which travel was easy because people actually wanted to live at home. What happened to this Nigeria? How did we go from a country with solid free primary education to a place where children are kidnapped from their schools with no resolution, no justice?

When MKO Abiola was arrested in 1993, Nigeria had already become the kind of country where injustice prevailed, where the government behaved like the mob, killing innocent people in broad daylight, and with impunity. Nollywood Diaspora Film Series is pleased to include Supreme Price in the line up of this year’s forum, a powerful film which tells the story of Nigeria’s first president elect and the legacy he left through his–now grown, activist–children. Join us for a screening and a Q&A with the filmmaker.

See the trailer here:

Tickets

NDFS Presents… Cultural Confidence

What is CULTURAL CONFIDENCE ? from Nollywood Diaspora on Vimeo.

The Nollywood Diaspora Film Series is pleased to present it’s second annual forum, themed Cultural Confidence: Acquiring and negotiating authentic cultural identity in a globalized world. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Nigeria and 54 years of Nigerian independence, NDFS will screen world-class films of New Nollywood and host panel discussions on pertinent issues facing Nigerians at home and abroad. (Buy tickets)

 

Presented in partnership with NYU Africana Studies and the Yoruba Cultural Institute, NDFS Cultural Confidence promises to be even more exciting than last year’s event. With a line up of incredible minds and talents –actors, producers, writers and other key stakeholders—delving into issues of critical importance at this time in history, Cultural Confidence will build significantly on the conversation begun last year.

 

With a larger and more improved film selection, increased opportunities for networking and increased dialogue, this year’s event will demonstrate and define cultural confidence through film, fashion and music; giving participants the opportunity to assess their individual level of cultural confidence and to receive the means of acquisition.

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Nollywood Diaspora Film Series [Authenticity. Texture. Beauty. ]

Presents
CULTURAL CONFIDENCE

Acquiring and negotiating authentic cultural identity in a globalized world.

 

World class Nigerian Films

Panel Discussions with filmmakers, media personalities and cultural ambassadors.

 

Exploring the notion of CULTURAL CONFIDENCE

What is it? & How do you get it?

 

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Adepero Oduye

Gbenga Akinnagbe

Wunmi Olaiya

Joanna Lipper

 

FILMS:

Supreme Price

Half of a Yellow Sun

More films TBA

 

**A portion of proceeds benefits the Joyful Joy Foundation**

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October 9-12, 2014
Location: NYU Kimmel Center*
60 Washington Square S, New York City, NY 10012

 

Thursday October 9: 6PM – 11PM } | Le Souk Harem
Friday October 10: 8PM – 11PM | NYU Kimmel Center

Saturday October 11: 1PM  | NYU Kimmel Center

Sunday October 12: 12PM | NYU Campus

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*Some events off-campus

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Sponsored by VLISCO, Holland Textiles, Sonna, Yoruba Cultural Institute, NYU Africana Studies, Institute of African American Affairs

 

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