The Lifehouse, organisers of the annual film fest, Lights Camera Africa has announced the line-up of films for this year’s edition. The announcement was made via a press release which reads:
“We are excited about our film line-up for the fourth edition of The Life House’s Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival, which begins on September 26 and runs through Oct. 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day.
There’s something for everyone in the longest-running edition of our film festival curated around the theme ‘LEGACY’ and hosted exclusively by the historic Federal Palace Hotel.
This edition will screen shorts like Beleh (2013) where a man gets to step into his wife’s shoes by experiencing pregnancy himself and Boneshaker (2012) staring 11-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.
Other thought-provoking shorts include Ududeagu (2014), starring artist Ade Bantu, while Joy, It’s Nina (2012) weaves together stories of African women living in the UK based on real-life archives, including voicemails from legendary singer Nina Simone.
Our selection will also take you traveling in space and time with Legends of Madagascar (2012), which explores the taboos and beliefs of the insulated country. Kwaku Ananse (2013) is built on a fable of the Ashanti people while Onunaekwuluora: The Legacy Of Professor Thurstan Shaw documents his revelation of the rich ancient heritage of the Igbos and his stubborn insistence in retention of the artefacts dating as far back as 9 AD in Nigeria, as a sacred trust for the Igbo-Ukwu and Nri people. The Supreme Price (2014), is a documentary film that traces the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria as well as efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles will encourage our audience to reconsider our past with new eyes.
Many of our films offer social commentary. They include Chika Anadu’s B for Boy (2013) that chronicles a woman’s desire for a son in a culture that values boys over girls and Sexy Money (2014) about former sex workers who return to Nigeria to build new lives for themselves, with original music by the celebrated singer and activist, Nneka.
We also have films pushing the envelope like Oya, the Rise of the Orisha (2014), Africa’s first superhero movie named for the Yoruba warrior goddess and Aya of Yop City (2013), based on the hit comic book series set in the popular Abidjan neighborhood. Coz Ov Moni 2, a musical in pidgin English filmed in Ghana and Romania, is another film to look out for.
Our festival, which features dozens of other great films, will close with October 1 (2014), Kunle Afolayan’s latest movie set at a time when the country was optimistic about the possibilities of Nigeria as Nigerians got to chart their own path forward. ”