From my point of view, Emotional Crack seems to coincide with many of the key points of Haynes’s and LGS’s articles. Obvious to the viewer was the relatively poor production of value of this Nigerian telenovela, as Western audience have grown accustomed to the presence of expert lighting and boom microphones. For Nollywood Films, it is a commonplace for there to be average sound quality, shifty editing, and poor lighting. However, removing the clear gap in cinematic aesthetic, one can see that many of Nigerian cultural and societal trends are given considerable screen time. One such trend is to have housewives being dutiful and loyal, perhaps to the extent of dousing their own personal freedom for their families and husbands. This observation is taken to an extreme for Crystal, who is an educated young woman, yet finds herself at the mercy of her family, in similar fashion to Bolanwe. Other cultural trends that came through the film included a mild dash of the religious, as Chudi attempted to wash himself of his violent sins with the pastor. 

Emotional Crack deviates drastically from the mainstream Nollywood film though for its depiction of homosexual relationship, which came with Crystal and Camilla pursuing one another. LGS’s article recognized this, as the film delved deeper into the nuances of being gay in modern Nigeria. However, there is a hint of ambiguity, a voice that tends to discredit the relationship. This can be seen in the character development of Camilla, Chudi’s mistress and Camilla’s experimental partner. One one hand, she is depicted as being strong, independent, and fully capable of protecting herself. These are traits of a modern woman. However, the film also depicts her as the pursuer in the relationship, taking advantage of Cyrstal’s weakened state. This is perhaps a biased view, but one that is not as strong as positions held my a country that openly discriminates against homosexuals. The film accomplished a successful mainstreaming of the issue, as the movie is widely distributed still. Yet, I feel it could have accomplished more by presenting a less ambiguous view of homosexuality. I say this as the person to lose the most is Crystal, who eventually commits suicide. 

Then again, perhaps this is a truthful portrayal of being gay in a country that has yet to extend recognition towards its gay citizens. 


About cregacho07

I am a senior in SIS. I love books and talking about them. I particularly like literature that concerns itself with the developing world I am enrolled in this course to fulfill my Lit minor requirements and to engage the work of prolific Nigerian writers with equally enthused people.

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