Nigeria Film List

Title: MUSLIMS (2003)
Format: DVD ROM/video; PC or Macintosh with DVD drive required for DVD ROM features. Language: Closed captioned
Run Time: 120 Min.
Description: Looks at what it means to be a Muslim in the 21st century. Filmed in Egypt, Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Nigeria and the United States, this program explores the influence of culture and politics on religion, looks at the political forces at work among Muslims around the world, emphasizes Islam’s kinship with Christianity and Judaism, and examines the diverse interpretations of Islam among the Muslim people.
Genre: Documentary

Title: LAGOS/ KOOLHAS (2003)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 55 Min.
Description: A film that follows Rem Koolhaas during his research in Lagos over a period of two years as he wonders through the city, talking with people and recognizing the problems of urban life.
Genre: Documentary

Title: YORUBA HOMETOWNS AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA (2001)
Format: VHS
Language: English and Yoruba
Run Time:  39 Min.
Description: The pattern of migrants maintaining strong ties with their home communities is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa. These linkages have important social, cultural, political, and economic implications. For the Ijesa Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria, linkages and support to the hometown help shape social identity and contribute to local development. This video focuses on activities in one Ijesa town, Iloko.
Genre: Documentary

Title: HOPES ON THE HORIZON (2001)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and French and other local languages with English subtitles.
Run Time: 115 Min.
Description: Chronicles the rise of pro-democracy movements in six African countries during the 1990s: Benin: a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy -- Nigeria: a human rights movement challenges the military -- Rwanda: Historians build a platform for dialogue -- Morocco: Women’s rights activists reform the traditional religious family code -- Mozambique: Agricultural cooperatives advocate economic reform and land rights -- South Africa: A township unites to promote quality education.
Genre: Documentary

Title: CHINUA ACHEBE (2000)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: Uncompromising yet nonpartisan in his views on politics and writing, Chinua Achebe -- author, editor, and literary critic -- ceaselessly explores the collision of European and indigenous African cultures. In this lecture the well-known ambassador of African literature, delivers a thought-provoking introduction to the world-class writing that has come from Nigeria and other African countries during the latter half of the 20th century.
Genre: Documentary

Title: THUNDERBOLT (2000)
Format: VHS
Language: In English, Igbo and Yoruba with English subtitles.
Run Time: 105 Min.
Description: This feature film focuses on Yinka from the Yoruba tribe and Ngozi, an Ibo, who meet in the National Youth Service Corps in Nigeria. A retelling of the Othello story in an African setting, the seeds of jealousy are planted when a friend of Yinka, suggests that Ngozi is having a secret affair because "Ibo are untrustworthy." The film then becomes distinctly West African as the supernatural comes to the fore; curses and ritual cleansing take the place of psychological explanations. An old man warns Ngozi, who is accused of having AIDS, that her death is imminent and will strike her like a thunderbolt.
Genre: Drama

Title: KONKOMBE: NIGERIAN MUSIC (2000)
Format: VHS
Language: Traditional minstrels wander Lagos streets -- Juju superstar King Sunny Ade -- I. K. Dairo, an originator of juju -- Lijadu Sisters -- Fela’s politics, wives and music -- Pop style highlife -- Sonny Okosun -- Music of the Saharan north -- Talking drums and boxing contest.
Run Time: 60 Min.
Description: An extraordinary journey to the Nigerian pop music scene, a kaleidoscope of juju, Afrobeat, highlife, Afro-pop, and Lagos street music. Includes interviews, recording sessions, and performances.
Genre: Documentary

Title: CHINUA ACHEBE: AFRICA'S VOICE (1999)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 61 Min.
Description: This program analyzes the impact Chinua Achebe and his writings have had on world literature, as well as his influence as an editor and a spokesman for a generation of African writers. Dr. Achebe, professors Abiola Irele and Gerald Graff, and Charles Larson, editor of the anthology Under African Skies, discuss the characterization, social implications, and levels of interpretation of Things Fall Apart.
Genre: Documentary

Title: RIVER NIGER: BLACK MOTHER (1998)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and French and other local language with English voice-over.
Run Time: 44 Min.
Description: Traces the understanding route of the River Niger throughout West Africa; from its source in the Republic of Guinea to Nigeria, and discuss how this majestic waterway, as an essential communications and transport link, has molded the history and culture of the region. Features a dramatic presentation of the epic legend of Sundiata and the founding of the Empire of MJali, as well as indigenous music and song.
Genre: Documentary

Title: GLOBALIZATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS (1998)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 57 Min.
Description: Documentary examines the clash between the trend of increasing economic globalization and international human rights advocacy with special attention to these issues in South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia and Thailand.
Genre: Documentary

Title: PIERRE FATUMBI VERGER (1998)
Format: VHS
Language: In Portuguese (introductory segment in French) with English subtitles.
Run Time:  90 Min.
Description: Retraces the adventurous life of photographer Pierre Verger, a French ethnographer who devoted his life to the study of the reciprocal cultural influences between Bahia, Brazil, and the Benin and Nigeria regions in Africa. Not only were cultural traditions brought from Africa to Brazil by slaves, but former slaves who returned to their native continent brought back Brazilian influences as well. Includes interviews with Verger on Feb. 10, 1996, the day before his death.
Genre: Documentary

Title: KEN SARA WIWA (1996)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 23 Min.
Description: "Ken Saro-Wiwa, the celebrated Ogoni writer and political activist, was hanged in November 1995 by the Nigerian military dictatorship. Saro-Wiwa had been campaigning for the rights of Nigeria’s Ogoni people, who have suffered from decades of resource exploitation by foreign oil companies and oppression by the Nigerian military government. This program tells Saro-Wiwa’s story through his own words and those of his wife and features the only in-depth interview he gave before his death"--Container.
Genre: Documentary

Title: MONDAY'S GIRLS (1994)
Format: VHS
Language: In English or Waikiriki with English subtitles.
Run Time: 50 Min.
Description: A tribal chieftain’s daughter who has lived in a large city for some time agrees to return to her native village for traditional pre-marital ceremonies involving body painting, public breast examination and five-weeks’ confinement to "fattening rooms." Her refusal to fully participate in the ritual sparks a crisis underlining the conflict between traditional and modern African lifestyles.
Genre: Documentary

Title: GUINEA WORM: THE END OF THE ROAD (1992)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 29 Min.
Description: (Producer) Guinea worm is a water-borne parasite which lodges in the lower extremities of the human body, matures, and then burrows out through the skin. Once prevalent throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas, 100 million people in India, Pakistan, and western Africa are still at high risk of suffering this disease. The film introduces Dr. Donald Hopkins, who is leading the fight to eradicate this endemic, and visits Nigeria, Benin, and Ghana--three of the nations with the greatest incidences of guinea worm--and examines steps being taken to fight this affliction. From the strategic planning level involving the World Health Organization, Global 2000, and such well known individuals as former President Jimmy Carter; to governments’ involvement in implementing workable plans for their countries; to the actual field doctors and villagers who are the "last battleground," this film is a case study of a major health initiative at work in the third world. As it demonstrates how obstacles such as illiteracy and inadequate funding are being confronted, it makes the case for improving health care in underdeveloped nations.
Genre: Documentary

Title: THE WORLD BEGAN AT ILE-IFE (1990)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 18 Min.
Description: Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Yoruba : nine centuries of African art and thought held at the Art Institute of Chicago from Feb. 10-Apr. 1, 1990. This video supplies a context for the objects in the exhibition and includes photographs and music from the field as well as retelling of the creation myth of the Yoruba.
Genre: Documentary

Title: MAMMY WATER: IN SEARCH OF THE WATER SPIRITS IN NIGERIA (1989)
Format: VHS
Language: In English or Igbo and Ijo with English subtitles
Run Time: 59 Min.
Description: The film features Mammy Water rituals and interviews with Igbo and Ijaw devotees and their leaders. Mammy Water is a water deity worshiped in Nigeria.
Genre: Documentary

TitleJUJU MUSIC (1991)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 59 Min.
Description: A unique performance documentary, Juju music features the urban popular music of Nigeria known as Juju. The film includes excerpts from performances during a historic all-night juju concert in Lagos, featuring internationally known performers. A vital thread in the social fabric of Western Nigeria, juju music incorporates traditional song forms, rhythms and instruments with Western musical influences and instrumentation.
Genre: Documentary

Title: FINCHO (1983)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 73 Min.
Description: A docudrama on how a single village in Nigeria tries to leap forward 1,000 years in a single decade. A young Black man, Fincho, works for white men cutting down trees to raise enough money to marry his sweetheart.
Genre: Documentary

Title: OBA KOSO: THE YORUBA MUSICAL (1973)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 278 Min.
Description: "Excerpts from the famous Yoruba folklore drama about a wicked man who tries to overthrow the king. Intricate dance steps, brilliantly colored costumes, and Yoruba instruments and singing"--Container.
Genre: Documentary