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Kelani takes centrestage in Brazil, premieres Maami

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Tunde Kelani’s new movie, “Maami’, is due for premiere in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Maami billed to open the maiden Bem Vindo A Nollywood Film Festival holding between November 18 – 27, 2011, Cine Olido, in Sao Paulo. The country  will also witness a retrospect of nine films made by the ace cinematographer.

Bem Vindo A Nollywood Film Festival heralded a multi-year cultural exchange with the government of Brazil following a synergy among Kinopedia Limited and Department de Expansao Cultural da Secretaria de Cultura, Prefeitura de Sao Paulo and Del York International.

Tunde Kelani

The decision by Del-York to inaugurate the partnership by celebrating the rich Yoruba cultural heritage and traditions shared by both nations informed the choice of Kelani whose movies are well- known for their rich cultural themes.

Kelani, a London International Film School trained filmmaker, brings decades of experience working on 16mm feature films such as- Iya Ni Wura and Taxi Driver, Iwa, Anikura, cut his teeth in the early 1960s as a film cameraman in television before he found interest in cinematography.

Responding to the selection of his films for the maiden edition of the festival, he said: “the list of nine films selected for the festivals are important because the films are valuable not only to the Yorubas in the homeland, but especially to the Yorubas in the Diaspora, who despite 200 years to 300 years of slave-trade, have remained true and close to the culture.”

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