A feeble attempt to sum up Nigeria’s sprawling, incipient movie industry, “Peace Mission” delivers the inaccurate picture that Nollywood is mostly driven by energetic, gregarious impresario Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima. Peace, as she’s universally known, is certainly a heroine for the growing film (actually, video) culture and biz, but German filmmaker (and Berlinale Talent Campus director) Dorothee Wenner neglects any mention of such significant filmmakers as Tunde Kelani, by most measures the best-of-show among Nigeria’s current director group. Looking like it was made quickly and on the cheap, the pic will receive at best Euro arts tube playdates.
Wenner’s vidcamera inadvertently depicts Peace as some kind of grand mogul, sitting in the back of her chauffeured car as she escorts the filmmakers around Lagos, Nigeria’s burgeoning capital city, to meet with several key players. Popular Nigerian vid-lensed pics rely on clear good-vs.-evil storylines and much dialogue, reflecting fundamental aspects of the war-weary nation’s rich, multilingual culture, best explained here for neophytes by Nollywood pioneer Mahmood Ali-Balogun. The pic ends with a justifiable critique by vet Don Pedro Obasseki that his fellow filmmakers must improve their technical and artistic chops.