Kunle Afolayan, a Pioneer of New Nollywood

Kunle Afolayan, Nollywood’s leading filmmaker, will preview his recent release October 1, a psychological thriller set around the time of Nigeria’s independence from Britain, at NYU Kimmel this Saturday, October 11. In commemoration of Nigeria’s centennial and 54th year of independence, Afolayan will be celebrated along with other filmmakers, as a contributor to social change through film and media.

In its second annual event, the Nollywood Diaspora Film Series will host the forum in conjunction with NYU Africana Studies to explore the notion of cultural confidence with film screenings and panel discussions featuring a number of notable African filmmakers, actors, producers and designers.

October 1 whose director is widely hailed as Nigeria’s best filmmaker—called ‘a Nigerian Scorcese’ by the New York Times—sets a new standard for Nollywood, as does Half of a Yellow Sun, which will also screen at the forum. In addition to Afolayan, other special guests including Adepero Oduye (Twelve Years a Slave, Pariah), Gbenga Akinnagbe (24, The Wire) and Wunmi Olaiya will engage NYU filmmakers and the larger community on issues facing Nigerians, using film as basis to explore the role of the Diaspora in social change in Africa.  “Of special interest to us is the role that film can play in elevating the social consciousness of Nigerians and the image of Nigerians across the world,” says Ololade Siyonbola, NDFS founder.

The forum will also feature Supreme Price, by award-winning filmmaker and Harvard lecturer Joanna Lipper, which highlights the legacy of Nigeria’s first democratically elected president—MKO Abiola—from the perspectives of his wife, Kudirat, leader of the pro-democracy movement, and daughter, Hafsat Abiola.

On the theme of Cultural Confidence, Andrew Dosunmu, whose film Mother of George will also screen at the mini-festival, said “Knowing oneself…it’s the greatest wealth one can have.”

For more information on the forum, visit http://filmseries.co/2014/10/thisweekend/

Tickets: http://culturalconfidence.eventbrite.com

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6cbZTUqRj0

October 1 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R7wJuPv_7o

NDFS Cultural Confidence is sponsored by VLISCO, Holland Textiles, Sonna Textiles, Africa Magic GO, Yoruba Cultural Institute, NYU Africana Studies.

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