Are you ready for another five days of impressive films selection, documentary features and interaction at the Lights Camera Africa festival? You should be! It is an incredible line up of 25 films from 15 countries showing from 30th September – 4th October 2015 under the title Future Forward.
It has been five years of sharing the best of African cinema, bringing people together and creating experiences of communal love for people in Lagos and visitors from different parts of the world. Last year, LCA embraced the Legacy and history of film-making in Africa with a showcase of classics and thought provoking experimental films from different producers across Africa and in the Diaspora. The award winning film by Kunle Afolayan October 1 enjoyed its first rave of success at the festival as well as The Supreme Price by Joanna Lipper. While the first African superhero film Oya: Rise of the Orisha found its way to new viewers and loyal superhero comic fans.
In the spirit of embracing our legacy, the rarely known story of Thurstan Shaw on the rich heritage of the Igbo people in Nigeria Onunaekwuluora by Emeka Ed Keazor was first screened at the festival and veteran TV comedy actor Chief Chika Okpala popularly known as Chief Zebrudaya Okoroigwe Nwogbo was hosted as a special guest through out the festival. If you do not know Chief Zebrudaya alias 430, you must have been born in the late 90s. (You have the collective blessings of Nigerian elders to use google or visit NTA!). The legacy theme was extended to films on the Ashanti people in Ghana, the taboo and beliefs of the isolated country Madagascar, and a short film from Cameroon.
This year, Ugoma Adegoke, founder of The Life House and her team has curated films from classic to contemporary, some of which focuses on race, migration, and insurgency, and documentary films on prominent people in music, art and literature in Africa. Albeit still celebrating the human spirit to march forward. “In a year fraught with race problems, migratory issues, resurgent fundamentalism, there is reason to acknowledge the problems and yet celebrate the human spirit and resilience – the courage to strive, the capacity to thrive. It is our world and we are the world’s future. The present is far from ideal but true to the resilient human spirit we will forge forward…” And thus the theme for 2015 Future Forward.
Some of the festival line ups are The Curse of Medea, based on the novel of Christa Wolf “Medea-Stimmen”, an immigrant in Korinth; Sex Okra and Salted Butter, a comedy drama film of African immigrants in France; a short film Henna by Ishaya Bako on under-age girls married off and child bride issues; Horn Free Day, inspired by Lagos ‘Horn Free’ day celebration in 2014; the Nigeria premiere of Timbuktu, a story on the Islamic militants terrorism in Mali; feature film on the Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti Finding Fela; Black Africa, White Marble from the Republic of Congo exposing the harsh truth of Central Africa’s colonial past and its troubled present filled with violence, corruption and deceit, directed by Clemente Bicocchi; another hilarious drama Gone Too Far featuring OC Ukeje as Ikudiasy set in the UK; and the Nigerian classic Saworoide directed and produced by Tunde Kelani in 1999.
More interesting short films to look out for are Mr Adams, The Sim (animation), Prey, Soko Sonko (The Market King) and Boat Girls. The documentary films covers the stories of Africa’s best and some unrecognized players in music, visual art, film-making, literature and human rights / political activism. LCA presents the first screening of Faaji Agba a documentary film by Remi Vaughan-Richards, a six-year journey following seven old master musicians in Lagos Nigeria. One of the seven masters was the famous Fatai Rolling Dollar who died in 2013.
Other documentary features are The art of Ama Ata Aidoo, on the artistic contributions of foremost Ghanaian woman writer Ama Ata Aidoo; Sobukwe: A Great Soul, celebrating the life of South African freedom fighter and political leader Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe directed by Mickey Dube; E18hteam (EIGHTEAM), an award winning inspirational documentation of Zambia’s recovery from the tragic plane crash of its national football team in Gabon in 1993 to a destined victory at the AFCON 2012 competition in the same country of the crash; and Tam Fiofori’s documentary of highly celebrated Nigerian Sculptor Olu Amoda tilted Olu Amoda: A Metallic Journey.
LCA has also announced there will be workshop programs with limited seats for active players in the film industry. Details of the workshops will be announced towards the festival opening.
Get ready for the roller-coaster experience at Future Forward by registering here. It is absolutely free. See you there!