Three Nollywood films to screen at 2024 Joburg Film Festival

THREE Nollywood films have been selected to screen at the 2024 edition of the Joburg Film Festival (JFF) in South Africa.

The event is scheduled to start on Tuesday, February 27, till Sunday, March 3.

Selected Nollywood films to screen at the festival are ‘Mami Water’, ‘Orah’, and ‘All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White’.

According to the organisers, in a statement shared on Monday, February 12, the film festival will showcase over 60 films selected from over 30 countries to foster relationships between local and international filmmakers.

“The 2024 edition of the Joburg Film Festival, the organisers, together with partner MultiChoice, are thrilled to announce its highly anticipated lineup of over 60 titles for the 2024 edition.

“Showcasing a diverse range of compelling films from both local and international filmmakers, set against the vibrant backdrop of Johannesburg, this year’s festival promises to captivate audiences with its dynamic selection of cinematic gems, including some of the finest films from over 30 countries,” part of the statement read.

Nollywood film, Mami Water. Credit: Wikipedia
Nollywood film, Mami Water. Credit: Wikipedia

‘Mami Water’ is directed by C.J. Obasi and produced by Oge Obasi. The film is a co-production between Nigeria, France and the United Kingdom. It stars actors and actresses, including Rita Edochie, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Kelechi Udegbe, and Tough Bone.

Set in Iyi village, ‘Mami Water’ follows the story of villagers who worship a mermaid deity known as ‘Mami Water’. Things took a dark turn for the villagers when their children began to die and disappear after a new warlord took over. However, two sisters planned to save the people and restore the glory of the Mami Water to Iyi.

The second film, ‘Orah’, tells the story of a young girl, Orah Madukaku, who flees to Canada after killing a man in Nigeria. In Canada, she works as a taxi driver for an attorney, Eli Pope and his high-profile Nigerian client, Bami Hazar, who are both involved in international money laundering. Hazar murdered Orah’s son, which made her seek revenge through violence since the legal option was not working in her favour.

Nollywood film, Orah. Credit: IMDb
Nollywood film, Orah. Credit: IMDb

‘Orah’ is directed and written by Lonzo Nzekwe and stars acts including Oyin Oladejo, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, O.C. Ukeje, Emeka Nwagbaraocha, Kelechi Udegbe, Tina Mba, Lucky Onyekachi Ejim, Ruby Akubueze, Agape Mngomezulu, Morgan Bedard, Oris Erhuero, Femi Lawson, and Christopher Seivright.

    All the colours of the world are between black and white. Credit: IMDb
    All the colours of the world are between black and white. Credit: IMDb

    The third film, ‘All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White,’ a 2023 romantic drama, is written and directed by Babatunde Apalowo and stars Tope Tedela, Riyo David, Martha Ehinome Orhiere and Uchechika Elumelu.

    The film details the journey of Bambino and Bawa. They meet at a photography competition in Lagos and instantly become friends. Their bond grows stronger as they explore the city on these epic trips. But they cannot openly express their feelings for each other.

    Joburg Film Festival showcases African and International films and provides aspiring and established filmmakers and industry professionals with various opportunities for development, training, skills transfer and networking.

    This year’s film festival edition celebrates South Africa’s 30 years of democracy, staged under the theme “Inspiring Storytellers and Celebrating the Legends” of the last 30 years behind and in front of the camera lenses.

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