Nigerian Movies Showing at the 2017 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

Since its inception seven years ago, the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) has offered an annual immersion into the world of filmmaking – from feature films to documentaries – with participation from brilliant local and international filmmakers.

Running from October 29 to November 4 and maintaining its inaugural theme “Africa Unites”, the vision for this year’s festival remains to raise awareness in Africa about the vast potential the entertainment industry holds and the impact it can generate in the economy.

 

With 20 feature films selected from all around the world – including Oscar contenders The Train of Salt and Sugar, The Wound, Félicité and The Last of Us – we’ve decided to spotlight the seven Nigerian movies that were chosen.

Hakkunde (Nigeria)

Hakkunde follows the story of Akande, a graduate that has been unemployed for a long time. When an opportunity presents itself and against his sister’s wishes, he decides to relocate to Kaduna from Lagos. However, his expectations may be cut short and Akande will have to make a decision to either learn to survive or return back to failure.

Roti (Nigeria)

The movie tells the story of how, years after a couple loses their son called Roti to a brief illness, the wife sees a boy called Juwon who is an exact replica of her dead son. After discovering that Juwon is not a reincarnation of Roti, she is washed anew by grief and soon descends into depression and consequent hysteria.

The Lost Cafe (Nigeria/Norway)

The Lost Cafe, directed by Kenneth Nyang, follows the story of a Nigerian girl’s struggle to overcome her dark family secrets and the culture shock of moving to a new county to live her dreams.

Potato Potahto (Ghana/Nigeria/Sweden)

The movie is about a divorced couple who decide to share equal space in their ex-matrimonial home soon realize that the ingenious idea is easier said than done. Bent on flexing their egos and scoring points, the two implore various hilarious tactics that soon inflames emotions and turns an already complicated situation into a roller coaster ride.

Tatu (Nigeria)

Shot in scenic locations across Lagos and Ibadan, the movie TATU is a contemporary take on the classic African epic adventure story, a fast-paced action drama centered around the conflict arising from a mother’s quest to have a child and all the complications that followed. From the producers of Wedding Party and Taxi driver.

Idemuza (US/Nigeria)

Idemuza, directed by Aloaye Omoake, follows the story of a vulnerable girl forced to enter an orphanage with her younger siblings, and her struggle to overcome adversity in the search of a hopeful future.

Dinner (Nigeria)

Dinner, directed by Jay Franklyn Jituboh, follows the story of a weekend get-together amongst friends that gets out of hand when secrets about their relationships are revealed.

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