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Mildred Okwo’s crime thriller, La Femme Anjola, premieres in New York

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Mildred Okwo’s 2021 African neo-noir crime thriller, La Femme Anjola (The woman Anjola) is due for a North American premiere on Sunday, November 21, 2021. The screening, which will be at the prestigious MCC Theater is a collaboration between African Film Festival and MCC Theater, reputed to be one of New York’s leading non-profit Off-Broadway companies.

This first of its kind event precedes a global streaming of the film between November 25 and November 28, 2021.

Directed by Mildred Okwo and written by Tunde Babalola, the crime thriller which premiered in Nigeria in March to great reviews, tells the story of a young Lagos investment banker whose life is upended when he falls in love with the wife of a gangster. The film stars Rita Dominic, Nonso Bassey, Mumbi Maina and Femi Jacobs.

Speaking about the film, which recently got four Africa Movie Academy Awards nominations, (including Dominic and Bassey for their lead roles), Okwo said: “As a filmmaker, I am drawn to telling stories that capture the essence of my observations and La Femme Anjola, is one of such films. With this project, I had the opportunity to present a classic noir tale with a distinctively African twist; one that speaks for the times as it chronicles the journey of a young middle-class man who is simply a product of today’s Nigeria. In many ways, his story is the story of a modern-day Nigerian.”

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Information from the parties, who were brought together by Walk Tall Girl Productions, a United States of America based boutique marketing, audience development and group sales agency for the performing arts, indicated that La Femme Anjola will be presented in conversation with MCC’s current production of ‘Nollywood Dreams’ written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Saheem Ali. The productions will be presented with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols.

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The Audrey Silva Company (TASC) is a leading Nigerian film company founded by Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo, two female industry veterans. TASC has in a short time embarked on creating innovative film, television and web projects. Their main objective is to produce quality content inspired by Africa which meets world standards and capable of increasing the stakes for African content worldwide. TASC’s dedication to the craft has brought media support, high visibility and great audience patronage. TASC’s vision aligns with that of the NYAFF organisers and MCC whose goals are to provoke conversations and bridge the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film.

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Black Panther: Marvel Releases New ‘Wakanda Forever’ Trailer (Video)

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Marvel has released a new and more lengthy trailer for its forthcoming movie ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ alongside earl;y tickets in view of the show being released in cinemas on the 11th of November.

The trailer release was announced on Monday via Marvel Studio’s official Twitter handle.

“Show them who we are.” Watch the brand-new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: #WakandaForever, only in theatres November 11,” the tweet read.

Speculations on who would play the Black Panther role following the death of Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020 following a battle with colon cancer had been brewing.

Many claimed Winston Luke who plays M’baku would take up the mantle while others suggested Marvel would lean towards a female panther with Letitia Wright (Shuri) getting the nod.

However, the Marvel Studio President, Kevin Feige, in a recent interview with Empire magazine regarding the late actor’s character “T’chala”, said the movie was going to be a very different kind of Black Panther,

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“One without T’Challa at its centre, though still very much about his legacy.”

“Marvel made the decision not to recast the role, and instead find a different approach for the sequel and the ongoing story of Wakanda – a move taken to honour Boseman,” the interview read.

The President said ‘It just felt like it was much too soon to recast,’ to recasting the character.

The new trailer also features apparent villain Namor and his underwater kingdom, as well as new superhero Ironheart.

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“It Cost Me a Lot of Money to Make”: Kunle Afolayan Says He Blew His Budget to Make His New Movie Anikulapo

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Nollywood filmmaker Kunle Afolayan has said his latest movie Anikulapo is a portrayal of the Yoruba culture and beliefs built around the Ifa mythology Afolayan noted during a quick chat with Legit.ng that the film intends not only to entertain but also to help document the Yoruba history and culture He noted that the entire set used for the production of the movie was built from scratch, and it cost him a lot of money to put together, throwing him way over budget.
When Kunle was asked to give an estimated value of what it cost to produce Anikulapo, he said that bringing all of his ideas for the film to life cost him a lot of money. He further revealed that the entire set the movie was shot on was built from scratch, and after shooting, he intends to turn the place into a film village.

Kunle Afolayan’s Citation Wins Best International Film at NFA, He Shares Video of Temi Otedola Receiving Award Meanwhile, Legit.ng recalls when it reported the big win that Nollywood and the African movie industry at large achieved when Nigerian movie producer Kunle Afolayan’s 2020 film “Citation “won another award in the ‘Best International Film’ category at the just-concluded National Film Awards (NFA) in the UK.

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Mo Abudu makes directorial debut with two films

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Media entrepreneur and the Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Group, Mo Abudu, is set to direct two short films. Though her company has been the executive director of some films, she stated that this will be the first time she will be in charge of the entire filmmaking process.

Recall that Abudu attended the London Film School in 2017, where she completed a course in directing.

In a statement sent to Saturday Beats, Abudu said, “I believe in learning and understanding any major assignment I undertake. Directing is an art form that takes years to master, so I’m beginning with baby steps. I have written two short films that I will be directing– ‘Her Perfect Life’ and ‘Iyawo Mi (My Wife)’. The latter is a predominantly Yoruba language film.

“Although the stories are fictional, they highlight the mental health challenges, hardly spoken about in Nigeria, but which many people deal with all over the world. Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, income or social class, and they are on the increase.”

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‘Her Perfect Life’ is about a woman who seems to have the perfect life— a flourishing career, a growing business, a loving husband and two beautiful children— yet is contemplating suicide. It stars actors such as Pearl Thusi, Joseph Benjamin, Omawunmi Dada, Uzo Osimpka and Mary Lazarus.

On the other hand, ‘Iyawo Mi (My Wife)’ is about a man who arrives home one night to find a horror awaiting him. His wife, Eniola, seems to have gone mad; hallucinating, screaming at their children and neighbours, and threatening to kill everyone. He then takes matters into his own hands, with tragic consequences. It features Adedimeji Lateef, Bolaji Ogunmola, Segun Arinze and Jude Chukwuka.

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The projects are supported by the British High Commission and the French Embassy in Lagos, while the sponsors include UBA Foundation, Wale Tinubu,  Artsplit Limited and Sporting Lagos.

 

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