BY SEGUN ODEJIMI
In the build up to the recently held Nigerian general elections, AMVCA winner in the Best Cinematographer category, Stanlee Ohikhuare released his short film, Retrospect.
The 14 minute, 30 second-long film was Ohikhuare’s message from the pulpit just as it was his cry from the wilderness. Nigerians should beware of the politicians, they are liars. The umbrella leaks and the broom doesn’t sweep well was the filmmaker’s message.
But, beyond that, he was saying, “Here, take this again. Look at it. My AMVCA win wasn’t an error. I’m a cinematographer of enormous ability. The earlier you started paying more attention to my works, the better for all of you.”
Or, that was what I could hear all through Retrospect. It wasn’t only Ohikhuare who I could hear clearly though. The sole character in the short film, Jimmy Boro, kept screaming in my ears through his commendable performance.
You won’t find much better feet to fill those shoes.
If great acting was a person, himself and Boro would probably be playmates. His energy and finesse were pleasing to watch. His dread-bedeviled head was soaked in the totality of the role.
If you are a fan of symbolism, metaphors and innuendos, then, this is a Nollywood short film for you. Ohikhuare’s use of the main symbols of the two major political parties in Nigeria is commendable, as are many of the other technical aspects of this production.
Archbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa’s voice opens this film as he attempts to rouse the Nigerian spirit into an action of change rather than “siddon look & complain.” He says, “…I have told God that I will no more be one of the complainers but part of the solution.” In truth, this is one of the major issues plaguing the country. Too many complainers and far too few solution providers.
The voice that replaces Idahosa’s unlike the one it replaces ends up sounding quite unsure. No, not unsure. It felt like a normal voice trying too hard to impress, to sound deep. Just as our politicians try to hard to fool us, to make us believe in them prior to the polls. After which they retreat into their thieving mansions once they win.
Kudos, Stanlee. More of us are beginning to take notice of your immense talent.