The 6th edition of the annual Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) kicked off last night, Sunday November 13, 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria and the Sodas ‘N’ Popcorn Team was there to cover the event.
The Sixth year of Celebration of Pan African art offers an impressive line-up of movies starting with Nate Parker’s (click the link to read our review) “The Birth Of A Nation” on 13th November and closing with Izu Ojukwu’s “76”.
We at Sodas ‘N’ Popcorn are quite excited about the event and seeing that there are so many movies to choose from at the festival, we decided to pick 10 we will definitely love to see. So in no particular order, here we go.
One of the most anticipated movies of 2016, The Arbitration tells us that there are three sides to every story. This is a movie that raises the bar higher for the romance genre in Nollywood. You would be wrong to assume that this legal story is typical or feigned. No doubt there is some similarity between Rick Famuyiwa’s Confirmation and Niyi’s The Arbitration, but this is a movie with a very typical Nigerian insight.
Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, the movie has a star-studded cast. Starring OC Ukeje, Adesua Etomi, Ireti Doyle, Sola Fosudo, Beverly Naya, Somkele Idhalama, Gregory Ojefua and lots more.
“The Arbitration” tells the story of Gbenga (O.C Ukeje) and his employee Dara (Adesua Etomi) who had an affair. After the affair ended and Dara left the company, she sued Gbenga and accused him of rape. An arbitration panel was constituted to find out the truth.
This movie formerly titled “Lions of 76” is probably the most anticipated movie in the whole of Africa. 76’ recognizes the quality of the true African woman by exploring the usually invisible pain of a soldier’s wife. There are so many reasons you need to see 76’
First and foremost—it’s a trip down the Nigerian memory lane as an historic depiction based round the assassination of our then head of state, General Murtala Mohammed
Secondly, it was a detailed production which took 5 years to produce (can’t think of any Nollywood movie that took that long) and would love to definitely see what 5 years looks like.
And thirdly, the production design, consume design, cinematography and other technicalities of the movie seem impressive and deserve accolades.
This historical drama is produced by Izu Ojukwu and Adonaija Owiriwa and Directed by Izu Ojukwu. It stars talented actors like Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Chidi Mokeme, Memry Savanhu, Adonijah Owuruwa, Daniel K. Daniel, Nelly Ekwereogu and Shuaibu Ebenehi Adams.
Six years after the civil war, a young officer from the middle belt gets entangled in a romantic relationship with a beautiful O-Level student from the Southeastern part of Nigeria.
Their budding romance was almost ruptured by endless military postings. Now heavily pregnant her walls came crumbling when the news of her husband’s involvement in a botched coup attempt hit the headlines.
The Ebola virus was a major cause for concern in 2014 as the virus swept through the whole of West Africa. Close contact with people in public spaces became a huge concern for all Nigerians, but in 93 Days, the deadly Ebola virus was contained and eradicated from Nigeria. Thanks to the bravery of one woman, Dr Amello Stella Adadevoh.
93 Days is a must-watch as the movie tells the story of a major landmark in the history of Nigeria and its centered round the true-life story of men and women who risked their lives and made sacrifices to save Nigerians from the consequences of the outbreak of the highly dreaded Ebola virus.
Directed by Steve Gukas, and produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri and Steve Gukas. T stars Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Bimbo Akintola, Charles Okafor, Gideon Okeke, Somkhele Idhalama, Bimbo Manuel and veteran Hollywood actor Danny Glover.
The movie demonstrates the bravery of the late Dr Amello Stella Adadevoh and her colleagues. From their encounter with the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who was the index case of the Ebola Virus Disease, to ensuring that the right medical procedures were in place to stop the spread of the disease in the Country.
Just Not Married
Just Not Married is a mixture of Crime, Comedy and romance which takes place in the most unusual scenario of the ghettos of Lagos. One of the Nigerian movies that screened at TIFF sometime in September, I am curious to see this movie because it received a standing ovation from the audience and it was also one of the favorite of the members of the TIFF organizers.
Let’s see what this would look like!
Produced by Judith Audu-Foght and directed by Uduak-Obong Patrick. “Just Not Married” stars Stan Nze, Rotimi Salami, Ijeoma Agu, Obutu Roland, Brutus Richard, Gregory Ojefua, Judith Audu, Perpetua Adefemi and lots more.
Two brothers are on opposite paths. Victor is a recent ex-con who is trying to piece his life together while Duke is a brilliant undergraduate determined to see his mum live. Duke enlists with the help of his two friends in stealing cars by decorating the cars and pretending to be married. Despite some unforeseen hiccups, their operation was pretty successful until people got greedy and violent.
Green White Green
Another movie from the TIFF City to City selection from Lagos Nigeria was Green White Green. The movie received a lot of praise for its Comedic performances from very much unknown Cast of the movie.
The movie looks rich with the new urban Nigerian culture and some called it “new age story telling”
Directed and produced by Abaa Makama, the movie stars Ifeanyi Dike, Jamal Ibrahim, Samuel Robinson, Crystabel Goddy, Okey Uzeoshi, Bimbo Manuel, Eric Didie, Donatus Ekwuazi, Donald Jonah, Meg Otanwa, Abubakar Yakubu, Dabis Christopher and Omoye Uzamere.
A group of young bohemian artists hang out and search for direction in their lives in the stagnant months leading up to the beginning of their university studies, in this richly textured and frequently funny look at Lagos’ new generation.
Gidi blues – A Lagos love story is a typical love story where a Boy/Girl is troubled until they fall in love with Girl/Boy and live happily ever after (hello Disney!) However, Gidi Blues is a must-watch for it has top notch cinematography and very entertaining story-line and most especially, its from industry thespian, Femi Odugbemi.
Produced and directed by Femi Odugbemi, the movie stars Gideon Okeke, Hauwa Allahbura, Lepacious Bose, Daniel Lloyd, Nancy Isime, Bukky Wright, Tina Mba, Segun Obadare-Akpata, Toyin Oshinaike, William Ekpo among others.
Akin is an indulged playboy from an affluent family who accidentally meets an interesting beauty in an unpredictable place. Nkem is a beautiful, confident but unusual young lady who devotes herself to her work as a community volunteer in the belly of the city’s worst slum. Their encounter drags Akin into a whirlwind experience that unravels his world.
While the trailer doesn’t really tell much of a story to me, the star studded cast still makes me quite curious to check this movie out.
Directed and written by Dare Olaitan, the movie stars some Nollywood heavyweights like Wole Ojo, Somkele Iyamah, Linda Ejiofor, Hayfiz Oyetero and many others.
The movie tells the tale of a money-strapped manager of a money laundering petrol station who decides to rob the petrol station that employs him but along the line finds out that there are many different kinds of criminal and that a good reason isn’t always a right one.
Directed by Remi Vaughan-Richards, is a cautionary tale that follows the story of 2 young girls – an 11-year-old child bride from the north of Nigeria – and a precocious, attention seeking 13-year-old girl from the South who ends up pregnant.
Let’s admit it, Nigeria sucks at action movies. But guess who makes good action movies, Eric Aghiemien. I still remember his 2013 action thriller, A Mile From Home very much and I was highly impressed with it. Fast forward to 2016 and we have Slow Country. The trailer looks good and it seems like Mr Eric has gathered some new skills.
The movie is Directed by Eric Aghiemien, it stars Sambasa Nzeribe, Majid Michel, Tope Tedela and Ivie Okujaye-Egboh
The movie follows a homeless teenage mother, armed with her desperate ‘mother instinct’ to provide provide a safe haven for her son got herself trapped in prostitution and drug trafficking.
Birth Of A Nation
What will this list be, without Nate Parker’s Birth Of A Nation?
Birth of A Nation has received a lot of buzz at all award ceremonies where it has been screened as well as being a record breaking sale at Sundance Film Festival at 17.5 million dollars to Fox.
We saw the movie last night and if you will like to know what we think about the movie, click here to read our review.
Directed by Nate Parker and Produced by Nate Parker, Jason Michael Berman, Kevin Turen, Aaron L. Gilbert and Preston L. Holmes. The movie stars Nate Parker, Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller and lots more.
Nat Turner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising.
As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner’s quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.
So that’s it, our top 10 movies to look out for at the festival. There are definitely a lot more movies showing at the festival and Sodas ‘N’ Popcorn will be on ground to cover the event from day one to day 6.
Stick with us for the best coverage of the event.
This review was written by Precious Okeke and Awojide Olumuyiwa S.