I got a notification that Nicola B. Bulgarian, a Nigerian-born Nigerian American actress and director, had just finished shooting the first episode of The Great Divide, her first feature film since her debut as a black woman on American TV in 1991’s All About Eve.
Her new film, based on her new memoir, All About the Black Girl, is slated to premiere on HBO on Sunday, November 21.
I was on the phone with her and she gave me an in-depth introduction to the film, which premiered to glowing reviews in February and has earned a wide range of accolades for its cinematography and story.
I asked Bulgarians thoughts on how she and her husband, director Matthew Buhler, went from having to choose between their careers as a family and their families’ financial needs to making the film that is now part of the history of African American cinema.
Bulgrarian said that she and Buhlers parents had recently moved to New York City from Nigeria and were struggling to make ends meet.
Buhls father, who was working in New York as a car salesman, had passed away.
When the Bulgrars arrived, they faced a lot of obstacles and financial struggles, she said.
“I had to move out of my parents house in Nigeria and start a new life and a new career, and he was working full-time as a salesman and was in a bad place financially, and they couldn’t help us financially, so it was really hard on us.”
Bulgrarians parents, she explained, had given up on their dreams of owning a home in Nigeria, which was a big change for them.
“It was a huge sacrifice.
I’m a little bit of a workaholic.
My parents didn’t want me to be doing this.
I didn’t really have any of my family around, and I didn