THE 2019 NIGERIAN FILM FESTIVALFebruary 13-14th, 2019

Playing at the 2019 Nigerian Film Festival

THE BIG BANANA

FILMMAKER: Franck Bieleu
LANGUAGE: French
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Banned in Cameroon, The Big Banana illustrates the poor working conditions in banana plantations and exposes the adverse impact on the people of a corporatocracy government that affords super profits for corporations at the expense of the local population.

The Big Banana outlines land grabbing tactics by company Plantation du Haut Penja (PHP) and the ensuing devastation for communities: poverty, pollution, and sickness from pesticides.

Bieleu, who spent two years filming residents in the remote countryside of Cameroon also features local cooperatives resisting the devastation through business alliances with fair trade organizations. As a result, The Big Banana not only exposes multinational corporations culpability in the land grab of Africa but also makes us reconsider where we get our fruit from.

BREATHLESS

FILMMAKER: CHARLES NWAGBU
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
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The murder of Iris Okoro in the private beach house of her Boss Professor OKPODU sets up a series of events, which reveals well-kept secrets by the Professor, and his two estranged rival sons involving the murdered Lady.

NORTH EAST

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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
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Emeka Okafor (OC Ukeje) is a Christian and physiotherapist by day and dance instructor by night. He meets and falls in love with Hadiza Ahmed (Ini Dima-Okojie) who is Muslim. This relationship displeases Hadiza’sFather(Gbenga Titiloye) on many levels. First he would rather his daughter marries Aliyu (Saeed “Funky Mallam”Mohammed) and far more is crucial is the fact that he is in a relationship with Emeka’s Mother, Ijeoma (Carol King). A series of events will change their lives especially Hadiza and Emeka’s forever.

COUPLE OF DAYS

FILMMAKER: Tolulope Awobiyi (Lord Tanner)
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
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Three Couples decide to take a weekend getaway and head out to a friend’s home in Ibadan, Nigeria. However, their happy break is ruined when little gossip leads the couples to share more personal secrets than anyone is willing to reveal and makes them all ask the question? Does love really last more than a Couple of Days?

A SOLDIER’S STORY

FILMMAKER: FRANKIE OGAR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
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Regina, a young female doctor who had to scavenge to survive during a war in her country, discovers that the heart of a man left to die amongst many corpses after an ambush on some peace keeping corps members by rebel soldiers is still beating. She takes him home against her friend’s reservations. For months, she nurses the injuries of the unidentified man in a comma. He finally comes out of comma with no recollection of who he is or where he is from. Undaunted by his condition and the consequences of taking a total stranger home during the war times, she finds ways to cater for and nurse him back to good health while keeping him hidden particularly from a group of bandits that come around regularly to intimidate her and her sibling. They begin to develop feelings for each other as they are always together, then he eventually regains his consciousness and a total recall. Regina is heart-broken, finding out that he has another life back home in Nigeria.