Nine Nigerian films were selected for World Panorama section of the festival, which was organised from Sept 17-20, 2015 at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi
By IAT Bureau: For the first time, Nigerian Films were showcased on the big screen in3rdWoodpecker International Film Festival (WFF) in India. Known for its focus on issue-based cinema, this globally acclaimedfilm festival had a special segment on Nigerian Films in its world panorama section. The festival was organised from September 17-20 at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi.
According to NarenderYadav, Founder Director, Woodpecker International Film Festival (WFF), the festival provided a unique platform to promote Nigerian cinema in India. “It’s for the first time that a serious attempt was made to bring Nigerian cinema to the Indian audience and it was an enriching experience for cinema lovers in India. Several Nigerian youths, who were in New Delhi for their higher studies or for work also attended these screenings.
Nigerian Films screened in the festival
Brothers directed by AzubuikeErinugha — A young German lady arrives a remote village in Nigeria, Africa, to discover coded cultural differences, similarities, taboos and possible meeting points.
Bedlam directed by David Nnaji. A career driven young man abandons his family for work. His determination for success had a negative effect on his relationship with his spouse relentlessly. She had to take a drastic measure to make him realise that family values are much more important than pursuing his profession.
Knocking on Heaven’s Door directed by Desmond Eliot. It tells a story of the marital relationship between Debbie (AdesuwaEtomi) and Moses (Blossom Chukwujekwu), and how an untold story from Moses’ past tries to jeopardize their seemingly flawless union. The story takes an intriguing turn when a music producer Thomas Dacosta (Majid Michel) enters into their lives.
Thy will be Done directed by Obi Emelonye — The Pastor of a large church in Lagos has a normal life until one day his wife, who died 7 years ago, returns.
Doll House directed by Kayode Peters. The sudden disappearance of young teenage girls gets the attention of special unit head Angela Johnson,.OtairuMakoju and Issac whose sister got missing under similar circumstances. They go desperately in search only for more revelations to surface. Doll house is a movie about a cosmetic surgeon who uses her fame and social stance for illicit trade.
Silent Tears directed by IshayaBako – A documentary on Nigerian women and emancipation.
Half of a Yellow Sun directed by BiyiBandele. Twin sisters (Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose) from a wealthy Nigerian family take wildly different paths in life, but both become swept up in the struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic. Based on ChimamandaNgoziAdichie’s bestselling novel, this is Bandele’s directorial film debut.
October 1 directed by KunleAfolayan — In 1960, a Nigerian police detective is dispatched to investigate the murders of women in a small community.
Champagne directed by EmemIsong — Nigerian romantic thriller film, produced and directed by EmemIsong. It stars Majid Michel, Alex Ekubo, MbongAmata, Susan Peters, TanaAdelana, Kokotso Charlotte, and introduces Rosemary Zimu as Champagne. This is EmemIsong’s first film as a director.
(To know more about Woodpecker International Film Festival, please visit www.woodpeckerfilmfestival.in)