Film Africa 2020 is delighted to present this special BEYOND NOLLYWOOD strand. BEYOND NOLLYWOOD is a term coined by the Curator and Author Nadia Denton to describe new wave audiovisual content from Nigeria such as short films, art house, animation, documentary, experimental and music videos. BEYOND NOLLYWOOD is a concept, curated event and collective of filmmakers.
The BEYOND NOLLYWOOD strand includes the following events and screenings:
‘STORY FOR THE GODS’ SHORTS PROGRAMME
From an exploration of digital love to the loss of religion, this selection of short narratives presents a vibrant West African perspective on the human experience.
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 88 MINS
CINEMA SCREENING + CURATOR INTRO
SAT 31 OCT | 2:35PM | BFI SOUTHBANK | BOOK
EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)
Dirs. Arie Esiri & Chuko Esiri
Nigeria. 2020. 114 mins. English, Pidgin English with English subtitles.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, Eyimofe follows the life and desires of Rosa, a hairdresser, and Mofe, a factory technician, two economically disadvantaged people who are set on seeking better fortunes
abroad. It is the debut feature film of co-directors and brothers, Arie and Chuko Esiri. The film is an intimate portrait of the daily drudgery and struggles of ordinary Lagosians like its lead characters, trying to make a life for themselves. Eyimofe is a heart song for freedom, resilience, and the choices we are often forced to make.
CINEMA SCREENING + PRE-RECORDED DIRECTOR INTRO
SAT 31 OCT | 8:30PM | RICH MIX | BOOK
‘BEYOND NOLLYWOOD TO THE WORLD’ PANEL DISCUSSION
As part of this special strand, Nadia Denton brings together a panel of BEYOND NOLLYWOOD leading lights, including Damilola Orimogunje, Chuko Esiri, Peter Okojie and Candice Onyeama.
SUN 1 NOV | 3:00-4:30PM | ZOOM / FACEBOOK | REGISTER
FOR MARIA EBUN PATAKI
Dir. Damilola Orimogunje
Nigeria. 2020. 75mins. Yoruba with English subtitles.
After a complicated child delivery, Derin finds herself at odds with life and loved ones, including her newborn, Maria. Her bewildered mother-in-law insists that she is not a good enough parent. Her increasingly worried husband Afolabi watches from the sidelines. Made in a compelling art-house style, For Maria Ebun Pataki confronts the realities of postpartum depression.
ONLINE WATCH PARTY + LIVE DIRECTOR Q&A
SUN 1 NOV | 6:30PM | BFI PLAYER / FACEBOOK | MORE DETAILS
Film available on the BFI Player throughout the 10 days of the festival.