Film Africa is the largest annual festival of African cinema and culture in the United Kingdom. The 2012 edition of the festival will take place in London, from November 1 through November 12. Three Nigerian films will be screened at the festival this year. They are, MAAMi, Phone Swap, and The Assasin’s Practice.The three films retain the energy of Nollywood storytelling, but were shot with high production value. Following are overviews and screening times for the three movies.
Nigerian footballer Kashimawo returns home days before the final selections for Nigeria’s World Cup team, and through revisiting his past – his hardscrabble childhood in the town of Abeokuta, where his single mother struggled to raise him – has to make some serious decisions. With a stellar cast, and based on a well-known Nigerian novel, Maami sees veteran Nigerian director Kelani fuse the energy of Nollywood with the seriousness of Yoruba cultural heritage
Friday, 9 November 2012, 6:30pm: Hackney Picturehouse
Saturday, 10 November 2012, 2:00pm: BFI Southbank
Kunle Afolayan, director of award-winning The Figurine, returns with a lively comedy in which two people from completely different walks of life accidentally exchange phones and as a result must walk in the other’s shoes for a day. Here, Afolayan breaks out of the low-budget, fast-track production cycle of Nollywood drama and combines high production values with carefully scripted drama, resulting in an exciting film full of excellent performances from its all-star cast.
Saturday, 10 November 2012, 5:00pm: BFI Southbank,
THE ASSASIN’S PRACTICE
This witty thriller, starring Nollywood star Kate Henshaw, tells the story of failed stock investor Eviano Esiri, who hires an assassin to stage his suicide and make it look like a botched robbery, so that his wife and daughter can live off his life insurance. But the assassin brings along with her far more than Eviano bargained for … Directed by Nigerian-born Andrew Ukoko, The Assassin’s Practice represents a new step for Nigerian film, combining snappy, intelligent scriptwriting and brilliant acting to create a highly engaging and unusual thriller
Sunday, 4 November 2012, 8:45pm: Hackney Picturehouse
Both screenings of MAAMi will be followed by a Q&A with director Tunde Kelani and Nollywood expert Dr Alessandro Jedlowki. The screening of Phone Swap will be followed by a Q&A with director Kunle Afolayan and lead actor Wale Ojo. The screening of The Assasin’s Practice will be followed by a Q&A with director Andrew Ukoko.