Ros Martin said the artistic director of the film Daughters of Igbo Woman has said that it is an absolute thrill and honour for the film to be screen on Nigerian soil where the narrative begins.
“It is an absolute thrill and honour for Daughters to be launched on Nigerian soil where the narrative begins, linking our common ancestry for those of us in the Diaspora. We African women writers have evoked ancestors’ voice into landscapes of our residence, in bringing together the three film shorts we symbolically reconnect to honour our common ancestral spirits who endured forced migration, separation and loss,” Martin said.
The development follows a successful tour to two memorial sites in Bristol UK in October for Black History Month.
The film, with possibility of touring other cities in the Nigeria, looks forward to another impressive outing in Lagos. Three African writers – Ros Martin, Akachi Ezeigbo and Vida Rawlins St Kitts are united in weaving this moving tale in memory of Fanny Coker to mark her 250-birth anniversary and to commemorate the International Slavery Memorial day.
Daughters of Igbo Woman is a literary film that recaptures and makes clear the forgotten voices and lives of three generations of 18th century African women from one family permanently separated by the transatlantic slave trade.
Screening free, the film is scheduled to show at Freedom Park, Lagos on Monday, November 13 by 6:30pm prompt as an extension of the Lagos Book & Arts Festival (LABAF 2017).
The first part of the trilogy opens with Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo rendering Abu Akwa (dirge) in memory of Ojiugo’s in the wake of her daughter’s disappearance. Set in 1764 Uga in present day Anambra State, South Eastern Nigeria, the time is during the boom of slave trade when activities of head hunters were rampant with women and children often falling victims of wars and raids.
Similarly, while Adaeze ends up on a sugar plantation in the Caribbean, her daughter – Funanya is taken to Bristol, UK and her mother is emotionally forced to pen her an effusive letter.
The film has been sponsored using public funding by the Arts Council England and supported by Bristol Culture The Georgian House Museum and Journey to Justice.