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Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’, and Izu Ojukwu’s ’76 have been Chosen as AFRIFF 2016 Opening and Closing Films!

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This season, the annual Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) returns for its sixth year of cinematic celebration with an impressive line-up of movie premieres, film screenings, industry sessions, master classes and other festival programmes holding in Lagos, Nigeria, from November 13th to 20th, 2016.

Announcing the festival programmes at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday, AFRIFF Founder/Executive Director Chioma Ude said Lagos will, once again, wear the tourism ambiance, playing host to filmmakers and actors from around the world, with over 100 films showing at the newly opened Filmhouse-IMAX and Genesis Cinema, both in Lekki, Lagos.

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Ude appeared to have struck the right cord when she announced Nate Parker’s Oscar hopeful, The Birth of a Nation and Izu Ojukwu’s celebrated film on the first Nigerian military coup, ’76 as the opening and closing films respectively, a disclosure which was received with loud ovation.

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Canon Europe Ltd, leading provider of digital cameras, and Diageo Nigeria, world’s premium beverage company join the list of resourceful partners and developmental agencies like Ford Foundation, British Institute, Lagos State, Africa Magic, MultiChoice Nigeria, Access Bank, Bank of Industry, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), Afrinolly, African Film Consortium (AFC), Filmhouse-IMAX, Genesis Cinemas and Silverbird Group, at the press parley and cocktail launch.

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According to the AFRIFF boss, festival guests are up for the best of times during the festival, as all the films in official line-up are products of the new narratives for African cinema and Black films world over.

The selection includes, 93 Days (Nigeria) by Steve Gukas, The CEO (Nigeria) by Kunle Afolayan, Vaya (South Africa) by Akin Omotoso, The Cursed Ones (U.K) by Nana Obiri, The Wedding Ring ( Niger) by Rahmatou Keita, Kati Kati (Kenya) by Mbithi Masya, If Tomorrow Never Comes (Ghana) by Pascal Amanfo, Remember Me (Nigeria) by Izu Ojukwu, Breathe (South Africa) by Mark Dornford-May, The Missing God (Nigeria) by Ubaka Joseph, Unspoken (Nigeria) by Remi Vaughan-Richards, Green White Green (Nigeria) by Abba Makama, The Unseen (Namibia) by Perivi Natjavivi, N.G.O (Uganda) by Arnold Aganze, Gidi Blues (Nigeria) by Femi Odugbemi, Daggers of Life (Ghana) by Paapa Otoo, Shadow of the Passion (Burkina Faso) by Ado Bambara, Ojukokoro (Nigeria) by Dare Olaitan, Bala Bala Sese (Uganda) by Lukyamuzi Bashir and The Arbitration (Nigeria) by Niyi Akinmolayan.

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In addition to the wide range of films, the festival, according to Ude, will also offer industry platforms for skill acquisition, financing, pitching, symposia on alternative revenue streams and
piracy.

Ude noted that one of the core objectives of the festival is talent development where AFRIFF has been engaging with its partners in creating opportunities for young people to explore  filmmaking. “Amongst our Shorts programme are films made by young people, selected from last year’s training and talent development programmes,” she said.

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Executive Producer of ‘76, Prince Tonye Princewill who responded from London where the film is being screened at the London International Film Festival said “the honour of our film being chosen to close the Africa International Film Festival cannot be described with words. The film has been honoured around the world, but recognition at home means everything to us. The field for Nigerian films is very strong this year, so it is especially rewarding for ‘76 to receive this nod. We are proud of the AFRIFF organizers and hope we can do them justice.”

Kene Mkparu who spoke on behalf of Filmone-IMAX, FilmOne Distribution and The Birth of a Nation, noted that “FilmOne Distribution & Filmhouse Cinemas are truly honoured to be a part of bringing this amazing re-telling of a remarkable piece of African history to the continent of Africa. And like Nate Parker (writer, director, producer and star of the movie) himself said, what better platform to present The Birth Of A Nation to the continent than the biggest African film festival, AFRIFF, here in Lagos Nigeria. We are also delighted that this movie is so important to our partners 20th Century Fox that senior executives of Fox (including Paul Higginson, Executive Vice President, EMEA) as well as stars of the movie will be here, live, in Lagos to launch the Birth of A Nation. This is a movie all Africans must get to the cinema to see. It is our story we never knew, action packed, resilient spirit of man, godliness, hard-hitting, tear-jerking, emotional, thought-provoking and very, very well made.”

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BelleNaija.com is a media partner for AFRIFF 2016

9 Comments

  1. De Duchess

    October 17, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Almost all these films have been released.

  2. Victor Adegoke

    October 17, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Our Films are now at Par with International films. Thank God for the likes of Kunle Afolayan and Izu Chukwu,who are taking us to greater heights.

  3. Prince

    October 17, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    @Victor you forget to mention Steve Gukas, 93Days is all over Europe.
    By the way, Omotola looks ravishing

  4. pat

    October 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    im so sorry I can separate the guy whose allegedly raped a girl who later on committed suicide to the nat turner story. the movie is not doing so great in the US so now they want to push it on us!? where is Queen of katwee? that’s what im interested in.

    the divide between blacks in Africa and blacks in American can’t be solved by a movie

    • Judy Edwards

      October 18, 2016 at 1:14 am

      It’s sad thatpeople in the US allowed themselves to be so sidetracked. The film is excellent and impactful. And Mr. Parker was acquitted of the rape charge alost 20 years ago by an all wHite jury whole the acc user was a wHite woman.

  5. tunmi

    October 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    really AFRIFF???? and BN????

  6. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    October 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    So Capt Ekeinde is now a celeb? Does he still fly? I’d rather trek than be in his plane all he seem to think about is OWAMBE??

    • Boma

      October 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Keep trekking gwe gwe… He doesn’t fly commoners like you. Ndo e diet pain you? Trek to third mainland and “fly” yourself into the lagoon. Hahaha… Capt Ekeinde handsome man. Looks like will smith standing tall beside his equally gorgeous queen Omotola. Power “celebrity” couple.

  7. DivaMe

    October 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Who else noticed how sweaty Pa Olu Jacobs is?
    I AM sure NEPA abi PHCN disgraced themselves yet again on such an important night…..as always!
    And there apparently was no gas to power the standby gen!
    We will get there,soon

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