Why Aren’t We Doing This?
Posted by bwmm on August 10, 2013
A documentary about Swahiliwood
I love watching movies on IrokoTV . I signed up last year when everything was free. I signed up to watch a movie and from then on it was Nollywood/Ghallywood heaven. I watched the movies from Nollywoodlove on youtube. The people who started Iroko. This site is too cool. Just spending days/weeks watching nothing but Nollywood and Ghallywood (not to mention watching mostly Majid Michel movies. Whew!) really does change your perceptions. It got to the point where I realized I was mostly watching movies on Netflix, Youtube and other movie sites. Most of these movies were from Nigeria and Ghana. The way I felt about myself changed as well. I guess from seeing movies about and by black people that ranged from romance (I’m still upset and satisfied by the ending of Emerald. LOL) to cray cray films. By cray cray I mean films like The Best. Majid Michel scared the hell out of me in that movie. Interesting facts about Nollywood here
Anyway my point is why have American black people done this. Instead of waiting on Hollywood? Why not come up with a distribution system similar? Of course not just streaming, but DVD/Blu-ray as well. Seriously this is too cool of an idea. I read an article from Shadow and Act here talking about how AA’s do have a Nollywood type model. Sorry, but I have to disagree. See in Nollywood/Ghallywood they have the power to greenlight their films, distribute their films, hell make their films, because they run the industry. Distribution companies are owned by … you guessed it Nigerians and Ghanians. Can’t forget other industries like Uganda, Tanzania, Sierra Leone etc. Can we say that in the U. S.? So again how do we have the Nollywood model? Because the movies come out on DVD/blu-ray/VOD. Umm sorry that don’t pass. We need to have some type of control with our image. You can watch the documentary Nollywood Bablylon Snagfilms. You have to sign up to be able to see it. Here is another Documentary Welcome to Nollywood at Hulu.
It’s crazy Everyone is getting on the ball except AA’s. We need to get on the ball. The Nigerians, Ghanaians, Dominicans, Haitians, Jamaicans and many more either have industries or are working on them. Seriously, what’s up with us?
Another thing is that when we make films we control our image as I stated before. That means we need to think about how we present ourselves. I’m seeing too many AA’s making movies that are ill representations of us. We talk about how we don’t like how Hollywood represents us. Then why the hell are black filmmakers making movies that are the same stereotypes and ill representation that we claim we are against. I will go into this in another post.