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Video: Watch Nadine Ibrahim’s Widely-Acclaimed Short Film, “Tolu”

After an eventful year of festival screenings, most notably at the United Nations, Nadine Ibrahim has released her short film, Tolu online.


Tolu tells the story of a young girl that lives with her family in a fishing community on the water in
Lagos, Nigeria. In order to prove herself valuable to the community and break the gender stereotype, she embarks on a journey by herself into the sea to try and catch as many fish as possible. On her journey, she meets a wise old man that shows her a side to reality she has never seen before.


According to Ibrahim:

Tolu was a film filled with so many experiences. It is my most challenging film to date but I loved working with everyone on the team. Halimat our star actress is one of the best child actors I’ve seen
and I truly can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her.

Using special effects has always been a dream of mine so with Tolu I pushed as far as I could go with the fantasy genre and I believed it worked quite well. My inspiration for this project was Life of Pi. AJer watching Ang Lee’s Film I got fascinated with cinematic visuals and CGI, I knew it would spark an idea for me with my next film.

I hope everyone that gets a chance to watch it falls in love with the story just as much as I loved
writing it.

Tolu was screened privately to a small audience in Lagos, Nigeria on April 15, 2018. The
reception was beautiful and the viewers appreciated all the work put into it. In attendance was
Michelle Dede, Eku Edewor, Kenneth Gyang, Ufuoma McDermott, Judith Audu and many others.



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