The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more
Nollywood Babylon

Nollywood Babylon

| 1 h 13 min

A feature documentary on Nigeria’s successful movie industry. The creative duo of Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal – the same team who made Discordia – profile the Lagos-based dream machine. Operating on low budgets and tight schedules, “Nollywood” specializes in a unique form of African B-movie that draws upon both traditional voodoo stories and contemporary urban themes.

  • writer
    Ben Addelman
    Samir Mallal
  • director
    Ben Addelman
    Samir Mallal
  • producer
    Ben Addelman
    Samir Mallal
    Adam Symansky
  • editor
    Annie Ilkow
  • associate producer
    Don Lobel
  • original music
    Olivier Alary
  • executive producer
    Galilé Marion-Gauvin
    Marcel Jean
    Ravida Din
  • cinematography
    Ben Addelman
    Samir Mallal
  • sound
    Ben Addelman
    Samir Mallal
  • production manager
    David Poulin
  • location manager
    Tope Idowu
  • driver
    Karim Idowu
  • archival research
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • rights clearances
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • sound editor
    Don Ayer
  • re-recording mixer
    Serge Boivin
  • digital editing technician
    Danielle Raymond
  • online editor
    Françoise Laprise
  • assistant editor
    Marie Maquaire
    Lucile de Peslouan
    Maël Le Tolguenec
  • opening title sequence
  • opening animation
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • post-production coordinator
    Mélanie Boudreau Blanchard
    Brigitte Sénéchal
  • production coordinator
    Christine Williams
  • transcription
    Raoul Chacar
    Hélène Laporte-Rawji
  • marketing manager
    Moira Keigher
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • administration
  • studio administrator
    Dan Emery


Enjoy the NFB experience on your favourite device. 


Ages 16 to 17

Diversity - Black Studies
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

Students will be exposed to cinema from various countries in order to compare the imagery, plot, symbols, etc. A local filmmaker can be invited to speak to the class about the realities of the industry and to answer students' questions. Students will also analyze Hollywood's portrayal of minorities and how it has (or hasn't) changed over time. More advanced students are encouraged to research the system of film distribution and marketing.

Nollywood Babylon
Purchase options
Also available
Already paid to see this film?

Embed this code on your site

Video player width

by Reset