It’s a packed lineup for the 2016 edition of Beyond Nollywood as several movies, both Nigerian and international will be screened at the event. Part of the programs of the Black Star, the 3-day Beyond Nollywood event is a celebration of international Nigerian Cinema, running from Friday, November 18 till Sunday, November 20, 2016 will be showcasing a new crop of filmmakers who are revolutionising the industry – beyond Nollywood.
Black Star is an initiative of the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Festival and is UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors. It will focus on the work of contemporary actors including Samuel L. Jackson, David Oyelowo, Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo among others.
See the screening lineup below.
Gala Opening Screening
Green White Green: And All the Beautiful Colours in My Mosaic of Madness + Director Q&A + Afrobeats Night, BFI Riverside Bar
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
Waiting for an Angel* Documentary Shorts + Q&A
Saturday 19th Nov, 18:15
I Believe in Pink
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
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
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
Photographers reflect on the process of bringing their creative vision to life.
Dir. Andy Mundy-Castle 7min/UK/2015
A Man Called Dad
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
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 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/2015
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 has a life changing encounter in solitary confinement.
Dir: Tope Oshin 11min/Nigeria/2015
A Mother’s Journey
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
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 18 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 Joke Silva, 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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