- Opens with Abba Makama’s latest film, Green White Green
- To premiere Ed Keazor’s Lagos: 1861-1960 The Growth of a City of Style
- Theme for the year is “Music Makes The People…”
The organisers of the annual film festival, Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival have announced dates for the 2016 edition.
A statement signed by festival director, Ugoma Adegoke, opened with glee: “We are proud to announce that the sixth edition of The Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival is days away. The Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2016 runs from September 30th to October 2nd at The Federal Palace Hotel. We’ve got an eclectic mix of features, shorts and documentaries, comedies animation and social commentary to share with you over three days of FREE screenings.”
Continuing, the statement added that this year’s festival will open with Abba Makama’s latest film Green White Green (2016) which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The rest of the statement readas: “This year, we chose “Music Makes The People…” as an anchoring theme because we all have a song that makes us happy or sad, one that makes us want to jump on our feet or a tune that reminds us of a cherished person or moment.
How about we explore those feelings through film? The festival will be premiering Ed Keazor’s Lagos: 1861-1960 The Growth of a City of Style documents the changing sounds and faces of the megacity through time. In Intore (2014), director Eric Kabera examines the healing power of dance as Rwanda reeled from the genocide. American filmmaker Ron Wyman puts the spotlight on a contemporary musical genius Tunde Jegede in his hour-long film simply named TUNDE (2011).
Ghana’s rising acting star MaameYaa Boafo of An African City fame shows her versatility in Alfonso Johnson’s Olive (2016) and The New York I Love (2016) directed by Nigerian-American filmmaker Iquo Essien. We’re excited to have Iquo back after bringing us Aissa’s Story (2013) all the way from her Brooklyn base two years ago.
These and many more await you at one of Nigeria’s leading festivals. Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival will boast about 20 movies this year. And, true to its tradition, it will also hold free film interactions, host a colorful souk of African crafts and other ideal gifts items, live music, and a bevy of thrilling performances.
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