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NollywoodThe Creation of Nigerian Film Genres$
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Jonathan Haynes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226387819

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226388007.001.0001

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Tunde Kelani, the Auteur

Tunde Kelani, the Auteur

(p.113) Chapter 5 Tunde Kelani, the Auteur

Jonathan Haynes

University of Chicago Press

Tunde Kelani is Nigeria’s leading film director and the one most naturally approached through auteur criticism. He works independently and his films embody a consistent vision. Kelani gained experience in all of Nollywood’s precursors: the Yoruba traveling theater tradition, Nigerian television, and Nigerian celluloid cinema. He stands apart from Nollywood and from the Yoruba-language film industry but is an inspiration to both. His fierce commitment to preserving Yoruba culture as a living force in the present, his moral commitment, and his progressive, ecumenical vision of Nigeria make him a central figure in contemporary Nigerian culture. His pioneering video film Ti Oluwa Nile was a collaboration with Yoruba traveling theater artists; most subsequent films are based on literary works or collaborations with writers, using actors that evoke a variety of Nigerian cultural sectors. His cinema is a total art form incorporating music, dance, and other African arts.

Keywords:   Tunde Kelani, Yoruba, Yoruba traveling theater, auteur criticism, Nigerian cinema, literature, African arts, morality, music

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