As part of the activities for this year’s edition of Nollywood Film Festival, the Nigerian High Commission hosted a community reception to premiere Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling Image first at paramount Cinemas on Thursday in Wellington and then in Auckland.
The movie is an inspiring story of how a young sickle cell carrier overcomes the social stigma and prejudice.
Chris Dada’s Lagos Stories and Kelani’s Maami are the other Nigerian movies screened at the just concluded festival.
The festival also featured academic forums at Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland University of Technology.
The forum hosts were: the Film Studies programme at VUW, African Communities Forum Inc, as well as West Indian and Caribbean Society at AUT.
The theme of the forum was: “Nigerian Movies in the Diaspora: Sociocultural, Political and Economic Issues.”
Delivering a keynote address, the Nigerian High Commissioner in Canberra, Australia, Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, said: “Hopefully, this will help in the construction of a new and positive narrative on Nigeria in New Zealand and the Pacific region in general.”
Nollywood Film Festival is envisioned as an annual festival that screens the best of Nigerian movies in New Zealand and Australia.