CNN African Voices sponsored by one of the leading telecommunications operators, Globacom, will this weekend profile Nigerian film director, Jeta Amata.
Jeta Amata is one of Nigeria’s most popular film directors who comes from a family of veteran filmmakers (Ifoghale Amata, Zack Amata and Fred Amata). His grandfather was a prominent writer and actor.
It is, therefore, not surprising that Jeta has soared in the world of film-making and entertainment and is now part of the new generation of Nigerian movie-makers committed to telling African stories to a global audience.
He speaks with CNN’s Isha Sesay on his upcoming film and his experience working with major Hollywood and Nollywood film stars.
Jeta is particularly popular for such movies as “The Amazing Grace”, “Alexa Affair” and “Mary Slessor”, and has received local and international acclaim. He rose to global prominence when he produced a film/documentary for the BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation in 2003 using his film “Game of Life” as footage for the documentary.
Debuting his movie “Alexa Affair” at the Berlin film festival in 2004 set him firmly in the minds of Nigerians and the world forever as Nigeria’s own Nollywood success story. “The Amazing Grace” which won the award as Best West African Film in 2006 Screen Nations Award in UK was also the first Nigerian film to be screened at the prestigious Cannes film festival.
Jeta’s recent credits include, Inale (a musical on an African fairy tale) and Black Gold (a film that chronicles the suffering of oil-rich Niger Deltans of Nigeria).
Other awards he has won include Best West African Film, Screen Nations Awards, 2007; Best Cinematography, African Academy Movie Awards AAMA, 2006; Best Cinematography, Nigeria Movie Awards NMA, 2007; Best Director, SIGMA AWARDS , 2008; Audience Awards, Abuja International Film Festival, 2009 and Best Short, Abuja International Film Festival, 2009.
African Voices, a 30-minute magazine programme, will be broadcast on Friday at 8.30 a.m., with repeat broadcasts on Saturday at 3.30 p.m. and on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. There will be further repeats at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Monday.