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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LACIFF 2016 to screen 45 films

A total of 45 films will screen at the Lakecity Film Festival (LACIFF) which maiden edition is to take place at the Crystal Lake Resort, Oguta, Imo State from December 16 to 18 under the theme: ‘The reel is yours, show your story’.
After receiving a whopping 2,900, organisers extended the deadline for the submission of films to December 9. A college of screeners reduced the large number to 100. The final 45 films emerged through assessment by the judges, including Sani Muazu (head jurist), Yinka Ogun, Bond Emeruwa, Kathy Kasic from the United States of America and Tari West-Johnson.
Apart from the opening and closing films, CJ Obasi’s  film, ‘O-Town’ and Joe Brown Ubaka’s award winning ‘The Missing God’, respectively, other films among the 45 include: ‘Solone Will Never Walk Alone The Movie’, a documentary from Sierra Leone; ‘Bloody Throne’, a short film from Lesotho; ‘Black Barbie’, an animation from Ghana. Others are: a short film from India titled ‘1973 The Untold’, one from the USA titled ‘Honor’, a feature from Kosovo titled ‘Cheating for Paper’ and ‘Kizingo’ a feature from Kenya.
Of the 45 films, 21 are from Nigeria, followed by Ghana with four, three from India, while Nepal, Kenya and USA have two each. Kosovo, Jamaica, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Latvia, Lesotho, Kyrgysztan and Saudi Arabia have one film each.
As expected, it was a near herculean but rewarding task for the judges to come up with the final list of 45 films.
Speaking on the choice of opening and closing film, Ekine Stronghold, founder of the festival, had earlier explained that “the films were strategically chosen to give people a sense of belonging and to tell guests they should come with their best film next year because our best can match your best”. He said that culture, arts, history, tourism and environment would be proudly showcased at the festival and that there will be master classes on cinematography and editing courtesy Ford Foundation with facilitators expected from the United States of America and Europe.
Partners of the festival include the Imo State Government, Ford Foundation, Crystal Lake Resort, Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and Oguta Youth Empowerment Scheme among others.


LAKECITY FILM FESTIVAL 2016                                 SELECTED FILMS

 
                 
S/N
TITLE
COUNTRY
GENRE
1.
O-TOWN
NIGERIA
FEATURE
2.
SALONE WILL NEVER WALK ALONE THE MOVIE
SIERRE-LEONE
DOCUMENTARY
3
HEIR
KYRGYSZTAN
DOCUMENTARY
4.
WHY DO JAMAICANS RUN SO FAST
JAMAICA
DOCUMENTARY
5.
BUILDING 20
SAUDI ARABIA
DOCUMENTARY
6.
NORMAD BUT NOT
NEPAL
DOCUMENTARY
7.
COMMON MAN
NIGERIA
DOCUMENTARY
8,
TROUBLED WATERS
NEPAL
DOCUMENTARY
9.
HARVEST: QUYURCIQ
USA
DOCUMENTARY
10.
ROCK INSPIRED
NIGERIA
DOCUMENTARY
11.
BLOODY THRONE
LESOTHO
SHORT
12.
HOUSE OF NWAPA
NIGERIA
DOCUMENTARY
13.
BLACK BARBIE
GHANA
ANNIMATION
14.
VEILED
GHANA
SHORT
15.
DAGGERS OF LIFE
GHANA
FEATURE
16.
RUNNING
GHANA
SHORT
17.
1973 THE UNTOLD
INDIA
SHORT
18.
HONOR
USA
SHORT
19.
CHEATING FOR PAPER 
KOSOVO
FEATURE
20.
CONVERTS
LATVIA
SHORT
21..
COLLECTOR
ZIMBABWE
SHORT
22.
SHAKIRA
TANZANIA
SHORT
23.
DISCORDANT TUNES
NIGERIA
FEATURE
24.
MONSOON OVER THE MOON AND BACK
KENYA
SHORT
25.
OPEYEMI
NIGERIA
SHORT
26.
UNPROTECTED
NIGERIA
SHORT
27.
TRUCATED
NIGERIA
SHORT
28.
TRAPPED NO WAY OUT
NIGERIA
SHORT
29.
VERDICT
NIGERIA
SHORT
30.
THE THRONE
NIGERIA
SHORT
31.
CINEMA FACES
NIGERIA
FEATURE
32.
UPRISING A BRIDGE
BURKINAFASO
ANIMATION
33.
MUSTAPHA
NIGERIA
SHORT
34.
FRENEMY
NIGERIA
SHORT
35.
BEADS FROM THE DUST
ZAMBIA
FEATURE
36.
KIZINGO
KENYA
FEATURE
37.
CHRONICLE OF DIMAH
NIGERIA
FEATURE
38.
STIGMA
NIGERIA
FEATURE
39.
ADAZI ALA
NIGERIA
FEATURE
40.
BRINA
INDIA
FEATURE
41.
THE RED ROPE AND THE RAPIST
INDIA
FEATURE
42.
THE STORM
NIGERIA
FEATURE
43.
22ND DAY OF AUGUST
NIGERIA
FEATURE
44.
FISH
NIGERIA
FEATURE
45.
MISSING GOD
NIGERIA
FEATURE




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

THE FATHER, a Swedish play to be staged in Abuja

The Father, as Swedish stage play by August Strindberg is to be performed in Abuja by the Arojah Royal Theatre.
A statement from the group’s Artistic Director/Producer, Om'Oba Jerry Adesewo, said it is part of the third edition of its Cultural Diplomacy Initiative.
The statement said it is in honour of the Ambassador of Sweden to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Mrs. Inger Utvedt.

Date is Saturday, November 26, while Time is 3pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Barcelona Hotel PLC, Blantyre Street, Wuse II, Abuja.
What is more, admission is free courtesy of the Swedish Embassy in Nigeria (Abuja).

“There is no better place to spend your Saturday/Weekend than the theatre. Come have fun with us at no cost,” said the statement.