The Life House collaborates once again with The African Film Festival Inc. (AFF) to host the second Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! Film Festival in Lagos from September 28 to October 1, 2012. The theme for the festival this year is ‘SHINE YOUR EYE’.
‘Shine Your Eye’ is a Nigerian expression urging to look beneath the surface-speaks to the need for active citizens to ask questions, seek answers and possess their space.
At this year’s festival some of Nigeria’s well-known film makers (see below) would be sharing their knowledge about the film industry in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
PEACE ANYIAM OSIGWE, lawyer, film-maker and founder and CEO of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) will give the Opening Remarks at LCA!!! 2012. Peace is a valued patron to The Life House and will be declaring the Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! 2012 Film Festival OPEN on Friday 28th September 2012 at the British Council at 7.05pm.
Acclaimed , award-nominated short film, Big Man, by award-winning director JULIUS ONAH shall continue its strong run on the global film festival circuit and will be screened at the Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! 2012 Film Festival. BIG MAN screens on 1st October 2012 at 4pm.
Nigeria’s foremost cinematographer, TUNDE KELANI will teach a Cinematography Masterclass as part of LCA!!! 2012’s arts education initiative. The workshop is FREE and holds on Sunday 30th September 2012 at the British Council at 3.45pm.
FEMI ODUGBEMI will moderate what we know will be a lively dynamic conversation with Mahen Bonetti in the festival’s In Conversation Series on Sunday 30th September 2012 at the British Council at 1.25pm. Odugbemi is an award-winning film-maker, writer and photographer.
Stadium Hotel(A documentary)makes its WORLD PREMIERE at the Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! 2012 Film Festival in Lagos. This short film on Nigerian music of the 1960s and 1970s is a portrait of Lagos and its musicians in the years after independence and is presented from the perspective of key producers and players of Highlife Music at the time. It is the work of 4 adventurous English university students.
Here are the synopsis of the films showing at the Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! 2012 Film Festival.
BIG MAN (Feature Short)
Owoga is a mischievous, energetic kid always eager to play and Owoko is his sweet little brother who’s just trying to keep up. It’s summer vacation and all they want to do is adventure, just like their hero — Indiana Jones. But when one of Owoga’s games goes to far, both brothers must confront the fact that childhood isn’t always fun and games.
Dir. Julius Onah, Nigeria/US, 2010, 15 mins.
CALL ME KUCHU (Documentary)
In an office on the outskirts of Kampala, veteran activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or “kuchus.” But David’s formidable task just became more difficult. A new “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” proposes the death penalty for HIV-positive gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. David is one of the few who dare to publicly protest the country’s government and press. Working with a dedicated group of fellow activists, he fights for Kampala’s kuchus on Ugandan television, at the United Nations, and in the courts. Because, he insists,”if we keep on hiding, they will say we are not here.” With unprecedented access, Call Me Kuchu examines the astounding courage and determination required to battle an oppressive government, a vicious media and a powerful church in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Dir. Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall, U.S., 2012,90 mins
DR. CRUEL (Short)
This tongue-in-cheek, Scandinavian-Nigerian-American co production follows the interrogation of a white oil executive in a hideout somewhere in Nigeria. This “action-art-video” borrows from all three cinematic cultures, as well as from the aesthetics of fundamentalists propaganda videos.
Dir. Teco Benson and Jakob Boeskov, Nigeria / USA, 2010, 9 mins.
DRIVING WITH FANON (Documentary)
Avant-garde film-maker, Kwena Mokwena travels through Freetown, Sierra Leone with the ghost of Frantz Fanon, engaging a new generation into conversation about the radical black scholar, psychiatrist and revolutionary thinker.
Dir. Kwena Mokwena SOUTH AFRICA/SIERRA LEONE, 2010, 70mins.
MAN ON GROUND (Feature)
London banker Ade’s investigation of his missing brother, who was once a political dissident in his home country of Nigeria, leads him to the townships of Johannesburg. When xenophobic riots erupt he is obliged to take refuge at his brother’s boss’s office — where he discovers a terrible secret.
Dir. Akin Omotoso, SOUTH AFRICA, 2011, 80mins.
NAIJ: A HISTORY OF NIGERIA (Documentary)
A modern history of Africa’s most populous country told intelligently with wit and clarity. Naij offers viewers an entertaining crash course in Nigerian political history woven into a tapestry of rare footage and interviews. This film explores the mis-education and stereotypes of historical figures and puts Nigeria into context. A treat for lovers of history and Nigeria.
Dir. Jide Olanrewaju, Nigeria/UK, 2007, 150mins
WHERE DO I STAND? (Documentary)
Where Do I Stand? is a window into the lives of seven young people who are thinking deeply about their actions, their communities, and the state of their country during and after xenophobic attacks broke out across South Africa in May 2008. They include a Rwandan refugee, a girl wrestling with the reality of foreigners in her township, a boy facing calls of cowardice by friends for not looting, and a suburban girl whose family sheltered their Malawian gardener.
Dir. Molly Blank, South Africa, 2010, 38 mins.
OUR BELOVED SUDAN (Documentary)
Our Beloved Sudan tells the story of the Sudanese nation as the countdown begins for a self-determination referendum that will determine whether the country will remain united or break apart. Early on, divergent aspirations and conflicting narratives in the north and south reveal a gap in understanding. While citizens and politicians in northern Sudan clutch at the hope for unity; in the south the dream of an independent homeland is everyday more assertive.
Our Beloved Sudan follows the historical trajectory of a nation from its birth in 1956 to its death or transmutation into two separate states in 2011, weaving in collective and personal stories. Key political figures are invited to share their thoughts on this milestone moment in Sudanese history and a mixed race family is divided as it tries to make sense of how the referendum could change life as it knows it.
Dir. Taghreed Elsanhouri, Sudan, 2011, 92 mins.
Lapite, a crowned prince of Jogbo, has eliminated all opposition to ensure he ascends the throne and becomes rich. After the mysterious death of his main rival, Adebomi the new king starts to help himself to the enormous resources of forest trees in his kingdom. His people’s protests are ruthlessly suppressed, but as their resolve to depose their self-serving king grows, Lapite finds himself struggling to secure not only his wealth, but also his power and relationships in a beautifully written allegory for modern times.
Dir. Tunde Kelani, Nigeria, 1999, 98 mins.
STADIUM HOTEL (Documentary)
Lagos, Nigeria, 1960. Highlife, a West African musical form which had been developing since the early twentieth century, was at its peak. In the years that followed Independence, a young generation of musicians played in clubs across Lagos, releasing a steady stream of records which mixed Highlife with new influences from around the world. By the end of the following decade, a devastating civil war coupled with the impact of successive military coups had dealt a heavy blow to the music industry which these artists had helped build. Drawing upon the memories of these pioneering musicians, and the words of those who have lived and worked around them, this film tells the story of their heyday, and reflects upon its legacy in the city in which they played.
Dir. F Bazalgette, T Gardner, J Hughes and M Millington UK 2012, 38 mins.
In April 2004, a boat was found in Barbados with eleven dead bodies on board; the boat had left Senegal four months earlier. Absa, lecturing in Barbados at the time, went home to find out more about the dreams and ambitions of the men found on the boat. He talks to youngsters who speak of betrayal by the Senegalese government. This poignant, moving film is a cry for love.
Dir. Moussa Sene Absa, Barbados/Senegal, 2010. 75 mins.
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LIGHTS CAMERA AFRICA!!! 2012 FILM FESTIVAL IS A NOT FOR PROFIT INITIATIVE AND IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS DONATIONS AND SUPPORT OF ORGANIZATIONS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC.