Berlinale Special: New Nigeria Cinema Night with Producer Wale Ojo in Attendance
Hackesche Höfe Kino, Berlin, Germany 08 Feb 2015
On the occasion of Berlinale 2015, AfricAvenir invites to a New Nigeria Cinema Night with Actor and Producer Wale Ojo in attendance. As a preview the trailer of Ojo’s short film “The Ghost of Tarkwa Bay”, and a trailer of the first ever Nigerian Film Project on Fela Kuti “Kalakuta Express” as well as a re-edited version of “Head Gone” by Dare Fasasi will be screened.
THE GHOST OF TARKWA BAY tells the story of a deserted island off the Atlantic ocean where one early morning a young boy sees what he believes is a man seemingly floating on the water. He recounts his tale to the island and no-one believes him until events take an unexpected turn.
KALAKUTA EXPRESS: THE JOURNEY tells of Wale Ojo’s journey to make Nigeria’s first afrobeat movie which speaks of the life of Fela Kuti mirrored against present day society and the marriage of afro beat and the new music scene described as afrobeats. An uplifting and inspiring trip into the heart of felabration and the spirit of afrobeat music.
HEAD GONE: On a sunny day a bus starts its journey with mentally ill people to a psychiatric hospital. On the other side of the city a gang prepares an armed assault on its clueless victim. Somewhere else a group of prisoners get transferred to another prison. Bizarre and hilarious situations and scenes arise out of the clash of the psychiatry bus with the armed robbers, their victims and the prison transport.
The movie takes an ironic and amused look at the socio-political framework of Nigeria. Rather a satire than a comedy, this work sheds light on existential questions of the human condition. It casts a long pondering look at mental illness and on what we perceive as crazy and what not. Dare Fasasis’ debut as a director boasts an impressive cast list which features some of Nigeria’s finest actors, musicians and comedians.