Friday, June 11, 2004

SAfilm - Interview with Hakeem Kae-Kazim

The Nigerian film industry has garnered much attention over the past few years. Nollywood, as it’s often called, has become the third largest film industry in the world, after the Indian and American markets. Its films are shot in a few days and then go straight to video for a massive video market. SAfilm spoke to South African based actor and producer Hakeem Kae–Kazim (God is African) about shooting a Nollywood film in South Africa, and what our local industry could learn from our Nigerian brothers.

Hakeem argues that although shooting in this manner has caused quality to suffer, the simple story lines are all important. "We need an audience, we need to create a film-going audience, we need to create appreciation of our own stories and of our own films." That's were low budget film making plays a role.

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