A new documentary seeking to shed light on the contribution of female film makers to the Nigerian film industry will have its world premiere in London this weekend.
“Amaka’s Kin – The Women of Nollywood” chronicles the journey of directors Mildred Okwo, Omoni Oboli, Lowla Dee, Blessing Effiom-Egbe and others.
Filmmaker Effiom-Egbe, told documentary maker Tope Oshin that often actors won’t respect her because of her gender; which can be a bit of a problem when your job is to tell people what to do.
Meanwhile Michelle Bello – who has directed hits such as romcom Flower Girl – said that when she tells people she is a Nollywood director they tend not to believe her.
But many of the female directors featured in the documentary say this perception drives them to work hard to prove people wrong.
Amaka’s Kin will have its world premiere at the Beyond Nollywood film festival in London, UK, this weekend, along with a number of other films by female directors.
The weekender is curated by British Nigerian programmer Nadia Denton and aims to showcase the diversity and creativity of Nigerian cinema.