The Life House is proud to announce the third edition of its Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival taking place from September 28 to October 1 and bringing Lagosians a refreshing selection of African and Diasporan films.
Lights, Camera, Africa!!! 2013 will screen dozens of films free-of-charge at the The Wheatbaker, The British Council, The Southern Sun Hotel, and Freedom Park in Lagos.
The festival opens with Chinonye Chukwu’s Alaskaland, the coming-of-age story of a Nigerian raised in Alaska. From Clemente Bicocchi comes Black Africa White Marble, where a descendant of the Italian explorer who gave his name to Congo-Brazzaville uncovers a plot that threatens to sully that name. And Confusion Na Wa, by Kenneth Gyang, gives powerful social commentary on how the miscarriage of justice incites people to take the law into their hands.
Then, there are those films that are like open-ended questions, offering no definite answers, but rather sparking conversation. Roy Agyemang’s Mugabe: Villain or Hero? explores the relationship between the Zimbabwean leader and the West against the backdrop of the tussle for minerals and land. Agyemang draws on archival footage and original shots that offer unprecedented access to Mugabe and his entourage. The Stuart Hall Project is a film on the Jamaican-raised part Scottish, part African, part Portuguese Jew cultural theorist and sociologist. Director John Akomfrah’s portrayal of Hall’s life, work and cultural impact explores issues of identity, cultural acceptance, immigration and assimilation that more of us are facing in a globalized world.
As its broadens its repertoire, this year’s edition of the festival will feature Côte d’Ivoire’s first ever 3D feature animation about a princess who tries to stop war from breaking out in the 18th century kingdom after a warrior seizes power. Children over 8 years old and animation buffs are encouraged to catch Pokou Ashanti Princess by Afrikatoon Production.
Amid more thoughtful films, award-winning Nigerian-Welsh director Branwen Okpako’s The Pilot and The Passenger makes its world premiere at Lights, Camera, Africa!!! 2013, telling the captivating story of celebrated post-colonial poet, traditional priest and Biafran soldier, Christopher Okigbo.
This year’s festival, themed ‘Great Migrations’, is brought to you by The Life House in collaboration with the African Film Festival Inc., New York, and Nadia Denton.
About The Life House
The Life House, through its film program, aims to ensure that stories by African filmmakers are also enjoyed by African audiences. These audiences do not often have the opportunity to view quality African films that portray their lives in multi-dimensional ways. The Life House conceived the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival to stimulate discourse on issues and experiences rooted in the African experience.
About the African Film Festival
For almost twenty years, AFF has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film. AFF’s unique place in the international arts community is distinguished not only by leadership in festival management but a comprehensive approach to the advocacy of African film and culture. The AFF has partnered with the Life House for the past two editions of the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival.
About Nadia Denton
Nadia Denton, based in the UK, is a programmer, critic and educator that has worked in the film industry for the past ten years, specializing in the black film scene. Denton, who authored The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide To Success, is currently working on a Nigerian-focused sequel, The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: A New Chapter in Nigerian Cinema. Denton is collaborating with the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival for the first time this year.