Genevieve Nnaji speaks to CNN on her Netflix acquired film, ”Lion Heart”
Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji appeared on CNN as a guest of Richard Quest on Tuesday, September 11, where she talked about her Netflix acquired film, ”Lionheart”.
On the eve of the premiere of Genevieve’s Nnaji’s directiorial debut film, ”Lion Heart” at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, movie sharing platform Netflix announced a deal to acquire the movie on its channel.
This made ”Lion Heart” the first original film from Nigeria to be owned by the American movie streaming platform.
Speaking with Richard Quest on Tuesday night, Genevieve Nnaji discussed how she was able to gather funds for the production of the movie and the chances of Nollywood gaining global acceptance.
On how she was able to put the movie together, ”For money, we had to self-fund unfortunately, she says, we don’t have adequate funding for movies that we actually intend to go global, there isn’t that provision yet.”
Genevieve Nnaji also explained that Nollywood stands a good chance of going global anytime soon, but she sees language as the only problem that stands as a barrier. Lion Heart premiered at the TIFF Festival this month.
Lion Heart is a directorial debut of Genevieve Nnaji. It features popular actors like Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo. O. Kanayo, among others. The actress wrapped up filming of the movie on May 10, 2017 and it premiered this September at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Lionheart captures the challenges of a female in a male-dominated industry. It is a story of Adaeze, a young lady who steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu, is forced to take a step back from his company due to health issues. She works with her crude and eccentric brother to save the family business in dire financial straits resulting in crazy and often hilarious results.
While her movie is still making waves, let’s not forget that Genevieve Nnaji recently identified herself with the feminist movement. The actress in an interview with Women and Hollywood Magazine, a media organisation that educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity in Hollywood and the global film industry, said she is a feminist and proud of it. She called on other women to wake up and stop feeling self-conscious and ashamed of their womanhood.
Genevieve Nnaji said: “I’m a proud feminist who embraces her femininity. I feel sometimes women are made to feel self-conscious and ashamed of their womanhood.”
“Perhaps like “Wonder Woman,” we may wake up one day to discover that it is our superpower, and then we would be unstoppable.”
“History has shown that in almost every situation where a group of people or a demographic is being oppressed, it’s usually because the oppressors are threatened by the potential of the oppressed to be great.
“I’m happy women all over the world are discovering their superpower and turning “why me?” into “not me.”