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Joke Silva Here's what filmmaker thinks of discrimination between light and dark skinned actors in Nollywood

"I find that so irritating. You just never get it in theatre. It does happen in films here, but it's because of laziness," Joke Silva.

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Veteran Nollywood award winning filmmaker, Joke Silva, was recently a guest at Pulse Nigeria.

The filmmaker who is popular for screen and stage works like "Violated," "Hear Word," "Widows Cot," "Letters to a Stranger" among others, shared her thoughts on the existing discrimination between light and skinned actors in Nollywood.

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According to the veteran, laziness is the reason most director of photography prefer light skinned performers to dark skinned performers.

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"I find that so irritating. I really do, and that's where we come back to skills. It's a cop out for a director of photography to prefer light screened performers to dark skinned performers.

If we take the trouble to watch films from other parts of the world, and seeĀ  how when you have both white actors and black actors, see the lighting, see how the black person is lit.

I'm not talking about working with a light skinned person of color, I'm talking about working with a dark skinned person of color - Samuel L Jackson for instance. Ebony black, and always incredibly lit. Where's our own excuse?

"You just never get it in theatre. It does happen in films here, but it's because of laziness," the veteran concluded with.

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Watch video below for full interview.

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