Video filmmaking is a boom industry in Nigeria. About 7,000 new titlesappeared between 1992 and 2005. While most are of poor quality and made quickly onlow budgets, some productions are feature-length and pull in stars from otherentertainment sectors. These videos seem to have an almost endless supply of plotsthat are liberally copied from popular, mainstream films and television programs.Nollywood examines the lives and experiences of those involved in thismultimillion-dollar industry. Interviews with producers, actors, distributors, andothers capture the excitement and vitality of this homegrown industry that hasemerged spontaneously and without external support. As it spreads continent-wide,the Nigerian video phenomenon is a potent counter to Afro-pessimism, demonstratingthe possibility of reviving the African film industry and developing a cinema-goingpublic to support it.