Nollywood cinema hits its mark with thrillers, melodramas and romances, at minimal cost and with minimal production values. In Green White Green (And All The Beautiful Colors in My Mosaic of Madness), Abba T. Makama gives us a rousing celebration and a satire of the phenomenon, with the same no-budget feel.
You could call it Meta-Nollywood, as Makama mulls the many meanings of Nigeria and its multiple cultures. “The persistence of Nigeria defies the gods,” a professorial narrator warns us. There are plenty of laughs here as Makama’s cast fumbles through that mission, and Makama never lets production values get in the way of a gag or a grimace.
Green White Green will make the rounds of museums and art houses after its festival run, with panels of experts trying to make sense of it every step of the way. It’s also sure to have imitators searching for more comic truths in Nigeria’s history.
As Green White Green tries to do many things, it is essentially a film about a film being made. Three characters decide to make a movie – Uzoma (Ifeanyi Dike), an artist who splatters paint as a would-be Jackson Pollock of Lagos, is joined by friends Baba (Jamal Ibrahim) and Segun (Samuel Robinson) in that mission.
Other characters crowd in to meta-narrate the meta-project. They write about the Ibo tribe, defeated in the brutal Biafran War, and assess the mix of Ibo, Yoruba and ...