Tuesday, October 19, 2021

At the Movies: Themes of immigration and family dominate Nigerian film Eyemofe

 

 

Here is a review of an immigration-themed film making the film festival rounds.  Eyemofe, by Nigerian twin brothers Chuko and Arie Asiri, ":showcases two movies in one, both tied to a quest to find a better life abroad. Daily life. However, daily life keeps getting in the way."  Here is the description of the film on the official movie website:

"Set in Lagos, Nigeria Eyimofe (This is My Desire) follows the stories of Mofe, a factory technician, and Rosa, a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores.

A passport, photos and a visa form recurring elements. The characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time. At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things at once near and far away."

One reviewer of the film mentions that "One of 17 contenders for the top prize, the Stallion of Yennega, at FESPACO, the Pan-African film festival in Ouagadougou, `Eyemofe', or `This is My Desire' in Yoruba, is one of the few English-language offerings, and a movie not to be missed."

KJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2021/10/at-the-movies-themes-of-immigration-and-family-dominate-nigerian-film-eyemofe.html

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