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Ben Addelman (born 1977) is a Canadian filmmaker. He is known for directing four documentaries: Discordia, Bombay Calling, Nollywood Babylon, and Kivalina vs. Exxon.[1] 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)[2] 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.

His fourth film, Kivalina v. Exxon (2011), follows the efforts of a small town in Alaska in a lawsuit against the oil and gas industries for climate change-related damages.


  • 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.[3]
  • Won Best Documentary at the Whistler Film Festival in 2011 for Kivalina V. Exxon.[4]


  1. ^ Dunlevy, T'Cha (20 September 2012). "Kivalina v. Exxon puts human face on climate change". The Gazette. Montreal. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  2. ^ Dymond, Greig (23 January 2009). "Planet Nollywood". Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Ben Addelman - Awards". IMDb.
  4. ^ "WFF Winners".

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