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    Nigerian films for Hollywood screening

    APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

    Three Nigerian films – ‘Up North’, ‘Lionheart’ and ‘King of Boys’ - have been selected for screening at the second edition of the ‘Nollywood In Hollywood’ on Friday and Saturday in the United States.

    The films are being promoted on the platform of Nollywood, Nigeria’s edition of America’s


    The organisers of the event said the screening begins on Friday evening with a red carpet and

    opening night screening of ‘UP NORTH’ at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California.

    UP NORTH stars Banky W and is directed by Tope Oshin, both of whom are in Hollywood

    courtesy of Air France.

    On Saturday, ‘Nollywood in Hollywood’ moves to the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre at the

    University of Southern California.

    The day will kick off with a panel discussion on current trends in ‘Nollywood’, followed by a

    screening of ‘LION HEART’, the directorial debut of Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, who

    also co-wrote and starred in the film.

    The showcase will close with a screening of KING OF BOYS, the sophomore feature by Kemi

    Adetiba, whose 2016 debut film, THE WEDDING PARTY, smashed box office records to

    become the highest grossing Nigerian film of all time.

    ‘Nollywood In Hollywood’ is the brainchild of Nigerian-American filmmaker, Ose Oyamendan,

    whose initiative was designed to expose ‘Nollywood’ films to the capital of the world’s

    entertainment industry.

    Oyamendan said: “I look at it as a way of giving back to my country and broadening

    opportunities for Nollywood filmmakers and actors.

    “Most people abroad know one side of Nigeria, the not-too-good side, now they get a chance

    to see another side and watch our stories.

    “Thanks to our partners, Nollywood has the biggest audience in the world over the

    next few days.”

    Gwen Deglise, the head of programming at the American Cinematheque said:

    “The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre is proud to partner with

    O2A Media and the USC School of Cinematic Arts for a second year to present

    ‘Nollywood in Hollywood’.

    “We are thrilled that this event offers both our members and the larger Los

    Angeles film audience we serve, a window into Nigerian culture and filmmaking.”



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