Del-York International teamed up with Kinopedia Ltd and the Departamento de Expansão Cultural da Secretaria de Cultura, Prefeitura de São Paulo to host the first Nollywood film festival in South America from 18th–27th November 2011. This milestone held at the Cine Olido in São Paulo, Brazil, which hosted a roundtable discussion featuring some of Nollywood’s most respected practitioners as well as showcased a retrospective of nine films by the award-winning director Tunde Kelani. Since the Festival marks the beginning of a multi-year cultural exchange with the government of Brazil, Del-York aims to inaugurate the partnership by celebrating the Yoruba heritage and traditions shared by both nations.
Tunde Kelani, a celebrated advocate of Yoruba culture, has long been considered to be one of Nigeria’s most accomplished filmmakers. His four-decade-long career started in the early 1970s as a television cameraman. When the devaluation of the Naira decreased filmmakers’ purchasing power, Kelani ceased his work as a cinematographer to direct and produce his own films on video format with the establishment of Mainframe Television and Movie Productions in 1992 – producing such beloved classics as “Saworoide” (1999) and “Thunderbolt: Magun” (2001).