BFI Black Star: African Odysseys present Beyond Nollywood curated by Nadia Denton 18 – 20th Nov 2016

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Beyond Nollywood

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th November 2016
BFI Southbank
Curated by Nadia Denton in association with African Odysseys and part of BFI BLACK STAR.

Join us for a 3-day programme of international Nigerian Cinema showcasing a new crop of filmmakers who are revolutionising the industry – beyond Nollywood!

From arthouse to documentary, animation and experimental films; Beyond Nollywood takes inspiration from my book The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood.

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Green White Green: And All the Beautiful Colours in My Mosaic of Madness + Director Q&A
Gala Opening Screening Followed by a set with DJ Cuppy
Friday 18th Nov, 20:45

Uzoma, Segun and Baba have just graduated from secondary school and are on summer break before going to university. Intrigued by a radical professor who is writing a book about the history of Nigeria they decide to make a movie and in the process embark on rollercoaster ride of self-discovery. With plenty of wit and satire, Green White Green sits at the vanguard of Nigerian arthouse cinema.
Dir. Abba T. Makama 102min/Nigeria/2016/Pidgin English with Subtitles                European Premier

Waiting for an Angel* Documentary Shorts + Q&A  
Saturday 19th Nov, 18:15

I Believe in Pink – Director Q&A
In a crowded market on the Lagos mainland, John runs a thriving beauty business making men beautiful by tattooing their lips.
Dir: Victoria Thomas 5min/UK/Nigeria/2016

Silent Tears  – Director Q&A
How the ‘war’ on prostitution in the Nigerian capital of Abuja has led to the victimisation of innocent women.
Dir: Ishaya Bako 30min/Nigeria/2015/ Pidgin English with Subtitles

The Women of Nollywood: Amaka’s Kin – Director Q&A
An intimate look at the careers of a handful of female Directors referencing the late doyen filmmaker Amaka Igwe.
Dir: Tope Oshin 46min/Nigeria/2016

The Story Within – Director Q&A
Photographers reflect on the process of bringing their creative vision to life.
Dir. Andy Mundy-Castle 7min/UK/2015

A Man Called Dad – Director Q&A
4 London based fathers narrate their experiences, challenges and triumphs as parents.
Dir: Cherish Oteka 10min/UK/2015

*Novel by Helon Habila

The Gods Are Not to Blame* Narrative Shorts + Q&A
Saturday 19th Nov, 20:50

The Golden Chain
Sole crew member Yetunde oversees Eko space station in a remote corner of the galaxy.
Dir. Buki Bodunrin 14min/US/2016

Mrs. Bolanle Benson – Director Q&A
60 year old Bolanle Benson has a secret rendezvous with her lover.
Dir. Sade Adeniran 3min/UK/2015

A young girl promises to give a man a night to remember, but at what cost?
Dir. Olu Yomi Ososanya 5min/Nigeria/2016

Imagine – Director Q&A
Imagine if your daughter was abducted on her way to school?
Dir. Comfort Arthur  1.5min/Ghana/2015

No Good Turn
Tensions are high as a doctor and police officer come to terms with the repercussions of a deadly Boko Haram attack.
Dir. Udoka Oyeka 17min/Nigeria/2016

Henna – Director Q&A
13 year old Reina has dreams but in her village young girls are married off at a young age. Will her voice be heard?
Dir: Ishaya Bako 22min/ Nigeria/2015/ Hausa with Subtitles

Ireti – Director Q&A
Ireti has a life changing encounter in solitary confinement.
Dir: Tope Oshin 11min/Nigeria/2015

A Mother’s Journey – Director Q&A
As a child, Lola was abandoned by her mother.  Now a parent herself, will Lola heal the hidden scars by meeting the woman who left her?
Dir. Sade Adeniran 15min/UK/2016

Meet the Parents
Visual montage inspired by American rapper Jay Z’s track of the same name.
Dir: Lonzo Nzekwe 5min/Canada/2016

*Novel by Ola Rotimi

Faaji Agba + Director Q&A
Sunday 20th Nov, 15:20

A group of elderly Yoruba master musicians in Lagos, Nigeria were forgotten until Kunle Tejuoso, owner of Jazzhole Records created the Faaji Agba Collective. Kunle’s journey starts with Fatai Rolling Dollar, which leads him to others such as Alaba Pedro, SF Olowookere, Ayinde Bakare and more. From highlife to juju and afrobeat; Faaji Agba interweaves the history of the music scene of Lagos from the 1940’s to the present day.
Dir. Remi Vaughan-Richards 90min/Nigeria/2015/ Pidgin English with Subtitles UK Premier

The Nollywood Star – Nse Ikpe-Etim in Conversation
Sunday 20th Nov, 18:00

Nigerian screen queen Nse Ikpe-Etim is one of Nigeria’s most sought-after actresses. Known for her roles in popular Nigerian films such as Mr. And Mrs., Phone Swap and Fifty Nse has acted in over 20 films in nearly a decade in the industry. In 2014 she was voted Best Actress at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards. Taking inspiration from actors such as Sophia Loren and Daniel Day Lewis; she describes herself as an ardent student of Stanislavski. Nse reflects on her career and the Nollywood star system in conversation with Nadia Denton.


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