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FILM SUNDAYS IN LAGOS

June 28, 2015 @ 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Monthly on the same day until December 27, 2015
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FILM SUNDAYS will be monthly screenings of mostly independent films with interesting / controversial / enlightening topics and engaging plots with which the Nigerian audience can relate.

Too often, Nigerians are exposed only to the ‘mainstream’ Hollywood movies (many of which have very little to offer in terms of originality in story and content) at the cinemas, and it is now the responsibility of filmmakers and film lovers to share independent films with each other and as many Nigerians as possible so as to spark more conversations and discussions about different societal issues that ‘mainstream’ movies are inclined to steer clear of..

Many aspiring filmmakers in Nigeria, including those who haven’t had the exposure and access to a variety of movie types, also need avenues like FILM SUNDAYS to broaden their horizons and sources of inspiration in filmmaking.

FILM SUNDAYS can also act as a space for filmmakers to meet prospective sponsors, film critics, and intellectuals; and for all parties to collaborate in the future on different levels in order to contribute to the growth of the independent film industry in Nigeria.

FILM SUNDAYS will be on the last Sunday of every month, with a proposed starting time of 4pm.

• June 2015

Film Title: 

An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2012) – Terrence Nance, USA

Synopsis: 

A quixotic artist hypothesizes about why he feels bad when a mystery girl stands him up. The event prompts him to ask: what’s the content of a momentary feeling? Is it the sum of your experiences?
And, perhaps more importantly, are your experiences the sum of you?

Reason For Film:

The style and presentation of the film are quite different from conventional films, and the aim of screening this film is to expose aspiring filmmakers to various styles of filmmaking.

Invited speaker(s):

TBC

• July 2015

Film Title: 

Where Do We Go Now? (2011) – Nadine Labaki, Lebanon

Synopsis:

Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together for years in this small Lebanese village, but animosities begin to build among the men as a result of slights and misunderstandings. The women of the village conspire to avert sectarian strife though a series of hare-brained plans, none of which succeeds in slowing down the escalating spiral of violence. When tragedy strikes, the women find themselves driven to make a deeply personal sacrifice for the sake of peace.

Reason For Film:

Nigeria has no shortage of religious tensions and fighting, and sometimes maybe what is needed is for people to talk about it and try to understand each other a bit more. The hope of showing this film is to spark those conversations.

Invited speaker(s):

TBC

• August 2015

Film Title: 

Difret (2014) – Zeresenay Mehari, Ethiopia

Synopsis: 

Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia’s oldest traditions. Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. 

Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the continuing work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life.

Reason For Film:

Abduction of schoolgirls and marrying off of underage girls to older husbands are two stories Nigerians know all too well. We are hoping the screening of this film will help spark constructive conversations around these issues.

Invited speaker(s):

Zeresenay Mehari (Director) Ethiopia

Natalia Palombo (MANY Studios) Scotland

• September 2015

Film Title: 

The Black Power Mixtape (1967 – 1975) – Goran Olsson, Sweden

Synopsis: 

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.

Reason For Film:

This is a historical piece and the aim of screening it is to expose younger Nigerians to the history of the black man’s struggles in the western world.

Invited speaker(s):

TBC

• October 2015

Film Title: 

The Sea Inside (2004) – Alejandro Amenábar, Spain

Synopsis:

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favour of euthanasia and his own right to die

Reason For Film:

The Sea Inside is a beautifully told drama. And the aim of screening this film is to analyse storytelling techniques applied in other parts of the world, and how they relate to techniques we in Africa apply.

Invited speaker(s):

TBC

• November 2015

Film Title: 

Factory Girl (2014) – Mohammed Khan, Egypt 

Synopsis: 

Ha yam is a factory worker who is living in a low middle class area, along with other factory girls. She thought that her feelings for the new supervisor in the factory can grow bigger in spite of the class differences between them, and although he shared some feelings with her but the cruel reality calls when a pregnancy test is found in the factory and because she did not hide her feelings, everybody accused her of being a sinner even her close friends and family. The factory girl does not want to defend herself and that made her pay a big price dealing with a society that does not accept proud women.

Reason For Film:

In Nigeria, and Africa in general, women are generally treated and respected way less than they deserve. The issue of gender inequality, prejudice and chastising of women who choose to speak up against it is one that needs to be addressed. We hope the screening of this film can initiate conversations that head towards addressing these issues.

Invited speaker(s):

Mohammed Khan (Director), Egypt

Natalia Palombo, Scotland

• December 2015

Film Title: 

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man (2006) – Robin Shuffield, France

Synopsis: 

A documentary film about Thomas Sankara, former president of Burkina Faso. Sankara was known as “the African Che”, and became famous in Africa due to his innovative ideas, his devastating humor, his spirit and his altruism.

Reason For Film:

More than a classic biography, this film sheds light on the impact that this man and his politic made on Burkina Faso and Africa in general, and we are hoping that this will spark conversations about our state in Nigeria and our expectations of our leaders in the country.

Invited speaker(s):

TBC

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June 28, 2015
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