Just like all good things do, the Lights Camera Africa!!! film festival for 2016 is over, but here is a recap and a review of the festival.

It was a meeting ground for friends, filmmakers, artists, culturists and arty people as they made merry and chatted over wine and food in anticipation of the next screening at the festival. Actress and producer, Kemi Lala Akindoju, the event host of the festival for the entire three days did an impeccable job at engaging the audience and keeping the house together.

At the opening night event, LCA Film Festival director, Ugoma Adegoke challenged more people to support the arts and be more involved in the promotion of culture. She also promised a valuable experience from the festival which was fulfilled.

For 2016, 24 films from 11 countries were selected for screening at the festival. The first night opened with Abba T. Makama’s ‘Green White Green’ which showed for the first time ever in Nigeria. This is a light-hearted movie that creatively mirrors the lives of Nigerians from different strata in the country and even more befitting as this was seen just before the country would celebrate the commemoration of her independence on October 1st.

Some other movies we particularly loved are Too Black To Be French, New York I Love You, Cholo, Lagos 1861-1960: The Growth of a City of Style, The Amazing Nina Simone, Intore and the sensational documentary by Andy Jones – ‘I Shot Bi Kidude’. We also got to watch an insightful documentary on Tunde Jegede, a skilled classical music artist that imbibes his inspiration from all the places he has been in West Africa into making music.  There was a good balance in the selection of films as there were eclectic genres which explored themes that are essential and relatable to the African continent. (We have special reviews coming up on TSA on these particular films)

Most movies started at the scheduled times with little or no technical glitches unlike the year before, and volunteers were on standby waiting to guide people to their seats with little disruption.

The screenings were not the only fun moments, there were conversations that took the form of a Q&A, most times with the producers of a film right after its screening and then, there was a panel-led discussion on the theme of the festival Music Makes The People, moderated by Shaibu Husseini with Gloria Rhodes, Onyeka Nwelue, Debbie Williams, Re Olunuga, and Lemmy Ghariokwu. Through the conversation, they explored music as a cultural force with unique abilities such as the power to affect the mind, enhance communication, importance in filmmaking and its effect on the society in general.

The conversation ended with Ugoma Adegoke requesting the panelists do something fun. Each speaker was asked to complete the phrase ‘Music makes the people…’ with thoughts or words that convey what music can do. Re Olunuga’s spontaneous response was “Music makes the people happy-go-lucky”.

For each evening, there was live music by the Philip Uzo group and on the finale, Tunde Jegede had a performance after the screening of The Amazing Nina Simone.

The festival returns next year. Until then, we leave you with pictures from the opening night and a few in between snapshots. Lights Camera Africa!!! was organized by The LifeHouse Lagos.

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