Earlier in September, we announced the annual Lagos film festival – Lights Camera Africa!!! which will run from 30th September to 2nd October 2016 at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.

Barely a week away, Ugoma Adegoke, Creative Director at The Life House, organizers of the LCA Film Festival has shared the line-up of the films screening at this year’s festival with the theme ‘Music Makes the People’. The line-up is a selection of eclectic films – long features, short films, documentaries and social commentaries that will thrill and engage the audience. There will also be conversations between screenings.

In a statement about the theme, Adegoke says, “We have chosen this theme because we want to connect with people through what makes them happy. 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. So how about exploring these feelings through film?”

Music Makes the People promises to be a feast of sounds, rhythms, emotions and moving images dedicated to screening the best of emerging, fresh, independent African cinema and in particular celebrating the musical voice of film as an art form.

The line-up for the three days festival boasts of more than 20 screenings. Abba Makama’s ‘Green White Green’ which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival opens this year’s Lights Camera Africa!!!

The festival will premiere Ed Keazor’s Lagos: 1861 – 1960 The Growth of a City of Style, a documentary on the changing sounds and faces of the megacity through time. Ghana’s rising acting star Maame Taa Boafo of the popular web series An African City shows her versatility in Alfonso Johnson’s ‘Olive’ (2016) and ‘The New York I Love’ (2016) directed by Nigerian-American filmmaker Iquo Essien. This will be the second feature by Iquo Essien on Lights Camera Africa.  In 2014, her film, Aissa’s Story (2013) was screened at the festival.

Also showing is Intore (2014) by director Eric Kabera who examines the healing power of dance as Rwanda reeled from genocide and ‘Tunde’ (2011) an hour-long film by American filmmaker, Ron Wyman puts the spotlight on a contemporary musical genius, Tunde Jegede.

Other screenings are ‘Biodun Olaku: Nigerian Painter’, ‘About A Mother’, ‘Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughi (Rain, the Colour of Blue with a Little Red in it)’, ‘Anton’, ‘Cholo’, ‘Destino’, ‘Gidi Blues’, ‘House of Nwapa’,  ‘I Shot Bi Kidude’, ‘In the Eye of the Eye of The Spiral’, ‘The Amazing Nina Simone’, ‘The Other Side of the Atlantic’, ‘The Return’, ‘The Sense of Touch’, ‘Too Black to be French?’, and ‘Towards Tenderness’.

There will be film interactions and evenings of live performances. Don’t forget to visit the colourful souk of African arts, gift items, drinks and edibles. You can have a sneak peak of the items on our Collect Art page.

See the festival programme below and learn more about the films here. We encourage you to register, attend, network, and have fun!

REGISTER FOR FREE ON http://www.lightscameraafrica.com

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