BY ESE DIBEBI
Niyi Akinmolayan‘s new film, The Arbitration, Steve Gukas‘ ebola film 93 Days and Izu Ojukwu‘s yet to be released 76 will screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) City to City programme to hold in Lagos from September 8, 2016.
The films will be joined by Just Not Married, Okafor’s Law, The Wedding Party, Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo, and Green White Green.
TIFF shines its spotlight on eight fearless features from the city of Lagos, Nigeria, for the eighth edition of the City to City programme. The lineup showcases gutsy new works by contemporary directors living and working in one of the world’s biggest film industries.
City to City showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set. Cities featured in past programmes include London, Seoul, Athens, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.
The program also includes a TIFF Rising Stars spotlight of two up-and-coming actors from Lagos: OC Ukeje and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama; as well as an “In Conversation With” segment that will feature Nigerian actor, film producer, and singer Genevieve Nnaji, and actor, film producer, and director Kunle Afolayan. The pair will take part in a series of specialized programming, seminars, and workshops at the Festival, organized by TIFF’s Industry team, and will also join audiences for a unique and intimate discussion as part of the Festival’s In Conversation With… programme.
Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover and TIFF Rising Star Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama star in director Steve Gukas’ riveting real-life thriller about courageous health-care workers in Lagos battling the Ebola outbreak of 2014, 93 Days.