WHITNEY can i be me 

Film Connections, an exciting new initiative from the British Council seeks to create a bridge between the British and Nigerian Film Industries.

The UK and Nigeria are world leaders in film production but with broadly distinct approaches – the Nigerian sector is unparalleled in its sheer commercial mindedness with an enviable share of its home market and high turnover. The UK has a robust studio industry, world leading VFX innovators and its art house and independent cinema tradition is renowned. Film Connections aims to explore what these two industries take from each other’s approaches, and how the next generation of film entrepreneurs in each country can develop alongside one another.

The Film Connections Programme at AFRIFF will include screenings of the following feature and short films: 

Robot and Scarecrow
A Moving Image
A moving image. 

WHITNEY Can I Be Me + Skype Q&A with Director Nick Broomfield

Can I Be Me’ tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.

Dir: Nick Broomfield &  Rudi Dolezal    105min   Documentary      2017, UK

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Under the Shadow

Tehran, 1988: the Iran-Iraq war rumbles into its eighth year. The bombing campaigns focused on the city, coupled with the country’s bloody revolution, slowly tear a mother and daughter apart. As they struggle to stay together in the midst of these modern terrors, a mysterious evil stalks through their apartment, threatening their grip on reality. Winner of the 2017 BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. 

Dir: Babak Anvari        84min Horror/Thriller     2016, UK    Persian with English Subtitles

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The Hard Stop

In August 2011, 29-year-old Mark Duggan was shot and killed whilst being arrested by armed police in Tottenham, London. This incident ignited a riot that escalated into a week of the worst civil unrest in recent British history. This film explores the life and death of Mark Duggan, and features his childhood friends, Marcus and Kurtis, as they struggle to come to terms with the death of their friend - whilst also waiting to see if the inquest into his shooting will provide them with a satisfactory version of the truth.

Dir: George Amponsah           85min          Documentary          2016, UK

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A Moving Image + Q&A with Director

After a long absence, Nina returns home to Brixton, a rapidly gentrifying community in South London. She sets out to create the ultimate piece of art to explore her relationship with her community. In doing so she poses a tricky question - is she part of the problem - or can she use her work to be a part of the solution?

Dir: Shola Amoo          74min          Drama             2016, UK

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UK Short (Another Reality is Possible)  

Robot & Scarecrow                 

A robot princess flees her keeper running straight into the arms of a lonely scarecrow desperate for adventure.     

Dir: Kibwe Tavares      16min        Animation/Drama       2017, UK & South Africa

Tower XYZ  

Characters wander through London’s concrete jungle as the narrator reflects on the current state of the city and her imagined future.    

Dir: Ayo Akingbade     3min      Experimental      2016, UK

Brixton Rock                 

Brenton has spent his childhood in a notorious care home. With his inability to express his emotional frustration, he becomes a recluse. That is until his social worker discovers his estranged mother’s whereabouts.

Dir: Ethosheia Hylton     13min       Drama         2017, UK

A Viable Candidate                 

Britain's first black Prime Minister is running for high office. Will the establishment thwart his political ambitions?    

Dir: Orson Nava      16min       Drama       2017, UK

1745 + Q&A with Director, Writer and Lead Actresses

Two sisters torn from their home in Nigeria and sold into slavery try to retake their freedom in a foreign and hostile land, attempting to elude their master in the perilous Scottish Highlands.      

Dir: Gordon Napier      19min       Drama         2017, UK

Prologue: The Lizard of Unmarriedness (It's All About How You Tell It)

Visual Artist Boswell uses film, drawing, sound, and interactive sculpture to examine how storytelling, and language aid our personal predilections towards belief.

Dir: Phoebe Boswell    7min    Experimental   2015, UK

Mrs Bolanle Benson                

60 year old Bolanle Benson has a secret rendezvous with her lover.     

Dir: Sade Adeniran      3min      Animation       2016, UK

I Believe in Pink + Q&A with Director             

In a crowded market on the Lagos mainland, John runs a thriving beauty business making men beautiful by tattooing their lips.   

Dir: Victoria Thomas   5min      Documentary      2016, UK

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