Friday, October 1, 2021

I929 Movie: A Nollywood Comedy of the Aba Women's Riot

This film adaptation of the Aba Women’s Riot in 1929 by Moses Eskor only exposed the opportunism of both the director and the film distributor. And I am disappointed that an actor as well educated as Sam Dede featured in this bastardization of the historical facts of Aba Women's Riot and Daniel Okechukwu's review has said it all for me.

If you don't have the intellectual education for the comprehensive research and professional competence in filmmaking, it is best to hands off the film adaptations of historical events. You cannot give what you don't have.

A good film adaptation of the Aba Women's Riot is the kind of film that can qualify for the Official Selections of the Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin and make the nominations for the Academy Awards. But as Okechukwu said, they messed it up.  It is a Nollywood comedy of the Aba Women's Riot. They even said, "We move!"

I have the entire transcripts of the court trials and the details of the principal characters and situations of the circumstances and consequences of the Aba Women's Riot and they are available for any proven filmmaker who has the criteria for the film adaptation.

- By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor, NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® Series.

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