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MUBI Podcast: Episode 4 - “Living in Bondage” Fast-Forwards the Nigerian Film Industry

This week on the MUBI Podcast—the micro-budget feature shot on VHS that launched Nollywood.
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One of the world’s most prolific film industries was founded on the success of a direct-to-video film distributed on VHS cassettes. Host Rico Gagliano learns the history of Living in Bondage—the indie project that launched Nigeria’s “Nollywood.” Featuring interviews with the movie’s writer/producer Okey Ogunjiofor and director Chris Obi-Rapu.
The first season of the MUBI Podcast, titled “Lost in Translation,” spotlights movies that were massive cultural phenomena in their home countries, but nowhere else. We explore why these films fascinated so many people in one place, at one time. With episodes spanning nearly every continent, tune in weekly to discover unique film stories from around the globe.
Listen to episode 4 below or wherever you get your podcasts: 
Each episode, we publish a complementary piece in a new series called “MUBI Podcast Expanded.” This week, film critic and culture writer Aderinsola Ajao expands on her commentary featured in the episode, examining this monumental film’s influence in the early days of Nollywood and its recent 2019 sequel “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free.” Read the article here.

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