Ben Addelman

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Ben Addelman is a Canadian filmmaker. He is known for directing three documentaries: Discordia, Bombay Calling and Nollywood Babylon. Besides directing, he is known for work as a cinematographer, screenwriter and sound designer.


His first film Discordia (2004) co-directed with Samir Mallal follows three students during the aftermath of the Netenyahu Incident at Concordia University in Montreal in 2002.

His second film, Bombay Calling (2006) also co-directed with Samir Mallal follows the lives of telemarketers working outsourced jobs in a call center in Bombay (Mumbai), India. Both films were produced by Adam Symansky from the National Film Board of Canada.

His third film, Nollywood Babylon (2008)[1] with co-director Samir Mallal, a documentary co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada in association with the Documentary Channel is about the explosive popularity of Nigerian movies.


  • Won with co-director Samir Mallal the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles for Bombay Calling.[citation needed]
  • In 2009, he was nominated with co-director Samir Mallal for "Best World Cinema - Documentary" award during 2009 Sundance Film Festival for the film Nollywood Babylon.[2]


  1. ^ Dymond, Greig (23 January 2009). "Planet Nollywood". Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Ben Addelman Awards page

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