Onye Ozi (The Messenger)

Sat 8 Nov| 20:30| Ritzy Brixton

Onye Ozi (The Messenger)

Dir. Obi Emelonye
UK. 2013. 89min. Colour. Bluray. Igbo with English subtitles.

Award-winning director Obi Emelonye breaks new ground in Nollywood filmmaking with a first-of-its-kind Nigerian language film set in London and performed exclusively in Igbo (by both Nigerian and British actors). This psychological comedy thriller stars Okey Bakassi, one of Nigeria’s beloved comedians, as an immigrant fresh to London with high expectations and a two-year plan to return to Nigeria a rich man. Wanting to make his mother tongue, Igbo, the star attraction and marking a return to his roots and the origins of Nollywood, Emelonye has produced an entertaining and accomplished crowd-pleaser in Onye Ozi.

Followed by a Q&A with director Obi Emelonye.

+ The Line-Up
Dir. Folasaking Iwajomo 2013. 13min. Colour. English, Pidgin, Yoruba with English subtitles.

Ten men in a taxi, strangers to each other, head to an unusual line-up, where they must strip and subject themselves to blindfolds and inspection by a mysterious woman and her charge. Only seven can go home with a big monetary reward. For those left behind, the attrition continues. But what is the price of being chosen? Iwajomo’s spooky, disturbing short confronts the perils of the poverty trap and the abuse of the desperate, in an allegory of the exploited.