Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Nollywood, as the Nigerian film industry is popularly called, has become a globally recognised phenomenon. As technology advances and a new generation of filmmakers emerges, Nollywood is set for a future in which more sophisticated production values, more efficient distribution channels and above all, more innovative storytelling become the standard.
OUR RICH DIVERSITY: A celebration of Nigerian filmmaking is conceived as a ‘mini’ film festival, showcasing some of the most distinctive Nigerian filmmaking from the past and present. It is by no means exhaustive or even very comprehensive; that would require a much larger retrospective.
OUR RICH DIVERSITY: A Celebration of Nigerian Filmmaking is part of the cultural strand of New World Nigeria, an initiative of the Bank of Industry to promote Nigerian commerce and culture to the world during the 2012 London Olympics. This film festival has been organised by Lufodo Productions and is fully sponsored by the Bank of Industry.
August 8 (Today's) Screenings
*All screenings will be followed by a brief Q&A with the filmmakers.

Oriki…what’s in a name?Rating PG - 12yrs
Duration 26 mins
For the Yorubas in southwest Nigeria and a lot of cultures across Africa, a name is more than a moniker or a means of differentiating one person from another.

It is a serious and time-honoured means of giving a newborn child an identity. Increasing urban shifts and a strong emphasis on global compliance have left important aspects of traditional cultural identities, such as naming children,under attack.

And as more people adopt western ways of thinking and understanding, the threat of extinction becomes more glaring, more imminent, more inevitable. Are Africans losing their sense of self? Is there a chancefor us to recover this heritage? Is progress in the age of globalization incompatible with the preservation of our cultures and historical heritage?  

In Oriki, award-winning documentarian, Femi Odugbemi, tackles these questions, taking us on a journey through time to uncover the mystery and implications of Oriki as a lost art. 

Rating PG - 12yrs

Yoruba with English subtitles
Adetutu (Bukola Awoyemi) is on the threshold of responsibility. She must juggle her role as ‘Arugba’ in the annual community festival with her studies at the university, she must care for an ailing and grieving friend, contend with a demanding king, Adejare (Peter Badejo), a blossoming musical career and her growing fondness for Makinwa (Segun Adefila)- himself a gifted performing artiste.

Set against the backdrop of a corrupt society seeking cleansing, rebirth and nationhood, Arugba must perform her annual traditional role of carrying the sacrifice in a procession to the river…

Big DaddyRating PG - 12yrs
Duration 12 mins
A young woman is at the crossroads. A victim of rape and sexual abuse throughout her childhood and adolesence, her life is marred by the scars of the past. How does she chart a path forward? 

Rating PG - 12yrs 
Duration 118 mins
A young couple’s love affair is complicated by secrets from the past.

Good People, Great NationRating PG - 12yrs
Duration 4 mins
Nigeria is an embodiment of the energies of its peoples.

This fast-paced narrative presents in rich visual imagery, Nigeria as a catalogue of hope, possibilities and optimism with a captivating energy and a colourful history.

I’ll Take my ChancesRating PG - 12yrs
Duration 90 mins
Efik and English
I.K is a young Theatre Arts graduate with a passion for dance. He hopes to stage a drama called “Drumbeats” working with his American girlfriend Gisele.

He however has to go for his National Youth Service in the rustic village of Ikot Uyai in Cross River State and there meets the enigmatic and beautiful Idara.

Despite their obvious differences, the two are drawn together but Idara harbours a dark secret. She has been selected to be the next High Priestess of Unek, a deity that is worshipped by her people through dance.

Torn between her love for I.K and her duty to obey the call of the deity, Idara must choose and face the greatest battle of all.
Seven Cameroon athletes disappear from Olympic Village
Seven athletes from Cameroon have disappeared while in Britain for the London Olympics, according to the country’s Ministry of Sports and Physical Education.
The seven - five boxers, a swimmer and a soccer player - are suspected of having left to stay in Europe in search of greener pastures.
David Ojong, head of the country’s mission to the Olympics said a reserve goalkeeper for the women's soccer team, Drusille Ngako, was the first to disappear. She was not one of the 18 finally retained after pre-Olympic training in Scotland.
While her team-mates left for Coventry for their last preparatory encounter against New Zealand, she vanished. A few days later, swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue and his personal belongings were also not found in his room.
Ojong added that five boxers eliminated from the games, Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo, disappeared on Sunday from the Olympic Village.
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