Tuesday 20 September 2016

A 'Legacy' For 2016 African Film Festival in Lagos

In its fourth edition, Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival, which runs from September 26 to October 1 at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria shows shorts films from different parts of the world.

Legends of Madagascar by Haminiaina Ratovoarivony

 Madagascar/2012/93 min/Malagasy
Themed 'Legacy', the 2016 edition of LCA Film Fest shows among other films ‘Beleh’ (2013) where a man gets to step into his wife's shoes by experiencing pregnancy himself; ‘Boneshaker’ (2012), starring 11-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis; ‘Ududeagu’ (2014), starring artiste, Ade Bantu; and Joy, It's Nina (2012) weaves together stories of African women living in the UK based on real-life archives, including voicemails from legendary singer Nina Simone. 

  The organisers state: “Our selection will also take you traveling in space and time with Legends of Madagascar (2012), which explores the taboos and beliefs of the insulated country, Kwaku Ananse (2013) built on a fable of the Ashanti people and Onunaekwuluora: The Legacy Of Professor Thurstan Shaw (2014), which documents Shaw's revelation of the rich ancient heritage of the Igbos,  his stubborn insistence on retention of the artefacts dating as far back as 9 AD in Nigeria, as a sacred trust for the Igbo-Ukwu and Nri people.

   “The Supreme Price (2014), a highly acclaimed documentary film that traces the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles will encourage our audience to reconsider our past with new eyes.

  “Many of our films offer social commentary. They include Chika Anadu's B for Boy (2013) that chronicles a woman's desire for a son in a culture that values boys over girls and Sexy Money (2014) about former sex workers who return to Nigeria to build new lives for themselves, with original music by the celebrated singer and activist, Nneka. 
  “We also have films pushing the envelope like Oya, the Rise of the Orisha (2014), Africa's first superhero movie named for the Yoruba warrior goddess and Aya of Yop City (2013), based on the hit comic book series set in the popular Abidjan neighborhood. Coz Ov Moni 2, a musical in pidgin English filmed in Ghana and Romania, is another film to look out for.

Our festival, which features dozens of other great films, will close with October 1 (2014), Kunle Afolayan's latest opus set at a time when the country was optimistic about the possibilities of Nigeria once Nigerians got to chart their own path forward.”

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