As part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary, a film, ‘Eyimofe,’ is set to premiere in the United Kingdom at the BFI London Film Festival on October 11.
The film, which had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February, is also billed to celebrate its United States premiere at the AFI Fest on October 20.
Ahead of the London screening, which will create an opportunity for the Nigerian community in the UK to join in the country’s 60th-anniversary celebration, Eyimofe has debuted its official trailer for the festival, which is already generating interest from the global film community.
A GDN Studios production, the 114-minute film directed by twin brothers, Arie and Chuko Esiri, features Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, Sadiq Daba, Tomiwa Edun, Jacobs Alexander, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and others.
Funded entirely in Nigeria and shot in 16mm and filmed across 48 locations in Lagos, the two-chapter drama follows the stories of Mofe (Akuwudike), a factory technician, and Rosa (Ami-Williams), a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores.
A passport, photos and a visa form recurring elements. The characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time. At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected.
The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things at once near and far away.
Eyimofe was the 2020 official selection for Vancouver International Film Festival, an annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia.