Why Genevieve’s Lionheart Disqualified-NFVCB
The Executive Secretary of National Film and Video Censors Board NFVCB Alhaji Adedayo Thomas who was not happy with disqualification of a film “Lionheart” by the Nigerian Actress Genieveve Nnaji has identified lapse of Distributor known as NETFLIX who failed on its part to seek the support of the Federal government.
Lionheart is Nigerias first-ever submission to the Academy Awards. Nnaji stars alongside Peter Edochie and Nkem Owoh are the film, which she also co-wrote with her producing partner Chinny Onwugbenu.
The film, Lionheart was premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix for worldwide distribution.
He gave this explanation during a courtesy visit in his office by CATEWA on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, It’s very sad that lion heart has to be disqualified, but let leave sentiment apart life and development is about politics and lobbying.
“From my perspective, first thing I will say is that whatever reasons they must have to dropped lionheart could be justified by them because there have every right to disqualify any film not only lionheart.
“Lionheart was acquired by Netflix, have done a research to know how many films Netflux submitted? If you have 3 to 4 films and you are going on competition, if you can’t not avoid to give two or three film the necessary turning, then you are likely to fail.
“We should ask ourselves festival award of such level involves lobbying. Let us tell ourselves Positions in high places around the world are not about the quality or brilliance. its about lobbying.”
He added: “I think Netflix have not done justice to lionheart, there was not enough lobby, Netflix have over 70% films censored in Nigeria do the lionheart pass through necessary procedure before he went to Canada no, it was premiered in Canada without censorship without classification.
“You don’t insult your government or your country, the fault is from different angles but you can’t fault one or group.
“It’s very painful but we must learn the politics of lobbying it was not well prepared it was very painful that lion heart has to be drop.” He lamented.