The Life House, Lagos, through its film programme and in partnership with The African Film Festival, Inc (AFF) is proud to host the third Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival from September 28 to October 1, 2013. It is scheduled to hold at the British Council, Southern Sun Hotel, The Wheatbaker and Freedom Park in Lagos, and will feature film screenings, workshops, and discussions in line with this year’s festival theme, Great Migrations.
The film festival, which is in conjunction with New York and Nadia Denton, London, will be highlighting the migrations and movement of people to and from Africa, the dynamic evolution of the continent’s art expressions particularly in film, music and literature and the general shifts in thought, philosophy, politics and our communal and individual identity as Africans.
The festival will open with Chinonye Chukwu’s Alaskaland, the coming-of-age story of a Nigerian raised in Alaska. Then, from Clemente Bicocchi would come 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. Following that would be Confusion Na Wa, by Kenneth Gyang, which 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 Africans are facing in a globalized world.
The four-day long film, art, music and conversation fiesta before the Nigerian Independence Day weekend will be interspersed with feature fairs, talks and concerts, and showcase other forms of African art and culture beyond film.