Daybreak in Udi (1949)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 40 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Daybreak in Udi is an interesting hybrid: part documentary, part dramatization. Filmed in the Nigerian village of Udi, the story concerns a group of native townsfolk who set about improving their living standards on their own. Offering token assistance is E. R. Chadwick, the real-life District Officer of Udi. Others in the nonprofessional cast include schoolteachers Fanny Elumuze and Harford Anerobi, tribal midwife Joyce MgBaronye and village elder Oso Anibebbe. The dramatized portions of the story include a "villain" (named as such in the credits), portrayed by villager Josef Amalu, who seems to be having a good time pretending to be the heavy of the piece. The winner of a special Academy Award, Daybreak in Udi was directed by Terry Bishop, later a prolific BBC TV director.

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Africa, bad-guy, good-guy, improvement, midwife, native, Nigeria, teacher, townspeople