The Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood
started humbly about 20 years ago. Nollywood movies were shot as cheaply and as quickly as possible, then released straight to VHS. The majority of Nollywood films are still sold offline, in outdoor markets from wheelbarrows or by the roadside from street vendors. In the early 2000s, Nollywood distribution shifted from VHS to discs — and now, the movies are also beginning to stream online. iROKO, one of the first companies to take Nigerian films online, is carefully tracking the viewing patterns of its growing audience
. While Nigerian internet access is often subpar
, streaming services are catering to the international diaspora. iROKOtv is a hub for streaming movies
, with plenty of free movies alongside movies available as part of monthly membership. Their website grew out of their YouTube channel
, which had over 400 movies online in 2011
, though recently they are mainly posting trailers. If you're not sure which movies to see, Nollywood Forever has plenty of reviews
, and Nollywood.com has a ton of African movie trailers
One of the side effects of being a 5-day, live show was that the Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows
featured regular technical and acting flubs. Many
, many flubs [more inside]
disappeared while canoeing of the coast of North Yorkshire in 2002. He was presumed dead, until he walked into a police station on Saturday
with no memory of where he has been for 5 and a half years. [more inside]
("new dawn") is a phenomenally popular radio drama broadcast out of Kigali, Rwanda
. The soap, funded by Dutch NGO La Benevolencija
, follows the story of two star-crossed lovers who come from opposing villages involved in an increasingly violent struggle. Thought Rwandan law makes it difficult to discuss the genocide in the media, the show aims to open a dialog using the fictional villages of Bumanzi and Muhumuro as a proxy for Hutus and Tutsis.
A soap opera may seem like an unlikely vehicle to tackle a topic of such national importance, but it's actually not uncommon
. And, certainly, Rwanda is a country that knows all too well about the power of radio
What is a ZARF? Well, at first it was a Turkish coffee cup holder
made of precious or filigreed metal
. Then it became the name for the cardboard java jacket
that keeps you from burning your delicate little fingers at Coffee Bean. And now? Thanks to the dedicated folks at All My Children
, Zarf has become daytime television's favorite overacted
transvestite/accused murderer... a character written in a way that even confuses
the fans who name their teddy bears
after him. Uhh... her.
The Spot is back.
The mid-nineties experiment in creating an online soap returns, telling the story of some new housemates via webdiaries, photographs and videos. You can see the original site via The Wayback Machine
. I'm suddenly overtaken by a nostalgic glow.
Timmy leaves his Princess.
Josh Ryan Evans, the actor who played Timmy on my favorite soap opera (Passions
) died Monday evening from a heart condition.
What's creepy is that the exact same day on the show, his character died.
The producers are editing out anything to do with Timmy, although I really hope that there's a legitimate memorial on the show for the character. He's been the soul of the series, and he simply can't be replaced.
Of course, I expect Tabitha to go full on evil now...
When I was a newspaper-slinger back as a youngster, I became acquainted with that odd funnypages subgenre-the soap opera comic strip
(i.e. Winnie Winkle
,Rex Morgan, M.D.
and the pinnacle of the genre Gasoline Alley
Moving at the brisk pace of 4 panels a day, these entertainments must have seemed quaint even in their early radio days infancy, yet they gained devoted followings and Dr. Rex
and Skeezix and the Gang
are actually still active. While the strips are published on the web, I'm surprised that there hasn't been a whole-hog revival of the genre. Heck, Brenda Starr
could be truly funky hip modern woman if the right person retooled her a bit and I imagine many web community administrators could relate to Mary Worth