BY ESE DIBEBI
Watch the new trailer of ’76, the new film by award-winning director, Izu Ojukwu starring Nollywood stars, Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Ibinabo Fiberesinma, Memry Savanhu and Daniel K Daniel.
’76 is part of the line-up for the City to City program of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as well as the BFI London Film Festival.
The London red carpet premiere is slated to take place on the October 15, and will be attended by the lead cast, crew and special guests. The BFI London screening is preceded by the world premiere taking place at the prestigious 41st Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) on September 11, 2016. This is the first Nollywood film to be chosen by both Toronto and London film festivals back to back and is a new milestone in African cinema.
A story of love, honour and bullets set in Ibadan, Nigeria; ’76 is inspired by the real-life event in 1976 that led to the assassination of the then Nigerian Head of State, Murtala Muhammed. Set during the era of military assassinations and political unrest in Nigeria, the film was shot inside the confines of a military base, another first in Nigeria’s cinematic history. The film was also recently endorsed by the Head of State who succeeded the assassinated Murtala Muhammed at the time; former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
It comes 40 years after the actual events, and follows four years of work by Izu Ojukwu and the production teams of Adonis Production and Princewill’s Trust, a brainchild of Tonye Princewill and Adonijah Owiriwa who are the film’s executive producers.