The longest-running edition yet of Life House's annual ‘Lights, Camera, Africa film festival kicks off on Friday, September 26 and will end with a bang on Nigeria's Independence Day.
The Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2014, which spills into the October 1st holiday, is an opportunity to relax and recover some of Nigeria's histories. With films like Oya, the Rise of the Orisha (2014), Africa's first superhero movie named for the Yoruba warrior goddess and The Supreme Price (2014), a documentary on Nigeria's pro-democracy movement, the audience is being encouraged to reconsider the past with new eyes.
Curated around a theme ‘Legacy', Nigeria's only festival dedicated to independent African film boasts more than 30 movies from over 20 countries, this year alone. They will all be screened at the Federal Palace Hotel, an establishment steeped in a history as old as independent Nigeria itself.
This edition also stands out for its emphasis on television and the role it has played documenting Nigeria's journey. Meanwhile, it stays true to the festival's tradition by including free film workshops, hosting a colourful market of African crafts and gift items, live music, and a bevy of thrilling performances.
October 1 (2014), Kunle Afolayan's latest opus set at a time when the country was still negotiating what independence from British rule would look like, will be signing off the festival week on a very high note.
Lights, Camera, Africa Film Festival is a not -for-profit project of The Life House. The 2014 edition is in partnership with African Film Festival Inc (New York), Nadia Denton, Royal African Society (London), British Council, and Federal Palace Hotel & Casino.