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July 9, 10 & 24: EXTENDED PLAY 1 – The Music Film Edition
Extended Play is a Screen Out Loud event featuring more than one film and lasting beyond one day. This first edition is dedicated to music, with four films celebrating music, musicians, and music histories from around the world. Also on the programme are a concert, a special keynote address, and the presentation of Audiovisual Crossroads: a collection of essays on music and film. Save the dates!
June 12: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MAMANI ABDOULAYE by Amina Abdoulaye Mamani; 2018
For this special edition of our monthly screening, we present a personal documentary about Mamani Abdoulaye, poet, philosopher and politician, who was detained for his activism in Niger Republic. Almost thirty years to the annulled June 12 1993 elections in Nigeria, we look forward to a post-screening conversation with reverred writer-activists Kunle Ajibade and Molara Wood on the themes of literature, politics, democracy and surviving dictatorships. Save the date
May 8: TRADITION TODAY (Short Film Programme)
Through a selection of four short films, we explore traditional religion and cultures in modern times. We encounter young people who are sustaining or rediscovering their traditional religious heritage regardless of stigma and the pressures of modernisation. RSVP
April 10: THEIR ALGERIA by Lina Soualem; 2020
The longstanding journey of exile of Aïcha and Mabrouk: a couple of Algerian immigrants living in a medieval French town since sixty years, whose lives were a succession of separations and silences. Side by side, they have experienced this chaotic immigrant life. For Lina, their separation is an opportunity to question their long journey of exile and their silence. RSVP
April 3: WHEN A FARM GOES AFLAME by Jide Tom Akinleminu; 2021
“When a farm goes aflame” is set in the aftermath of a lifetime of secrecy and denial, and attempts to bring together the stories and beliefs of all protagonists as they come to terms with their common past and shape their future. Moving fluidly between Denmark, Nigeria, Canada and USA, the film gently unfolds as a poetic and psychologically complex exploration of the meeting between western and African concepts of love, relationships and family. RSVP
March 13: THE LOST LEGACY OF BIDA BIKINI by Remi Vaughan-Richards; 2021
We are looking forward to our second collaboration with director Remi Vaughan-Richards in celebration of cultural legacy projects that have marked her work, and also in relation to the upcoming International Women’s Day (March 8). Screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. RSVP #WomenInFilm #DirectedByWomen #History
February 13: THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania; 2020
Don’t miss our first screening of the year: Kaouther Ben Hania‘s Academy-Award nominated THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN (L’homme qui a vendu sa peau). The drama film by the director of BEAUTY AND THE DOGS creatively examines exile and the world of contemporary art. RSVP
December 10: FOR MARIA EBUN PATAKI by Damilola Orimogunje
In collaboration with 2o9ine Films and the Alliance Française Lagos, we look forward to screening FOR MARIA: EBUN PATAKI as our closing film of the year. Directed by Damilola Orimogunje, the award-winning drama spotlights society’s misunderstanding of postpartum depression and its impact on mothers. RSVP
November 13: TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA (Even the Rain) by Icíar Bollaín | #ArtCinemaDay
We join arthouse cinemas around the world celebrating the European Arthouse Cinema Day on November 14. In collaboration with the Spanish Consulate-General in Lagos, we will be screening the multiple award-winning feature film TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA on Saturday, November 13. RSVP
Read about our 2020 #ArtCinemaDay screening and premiere of the award-winning hand-painted film LOVING VINCENT here and here
October 10: CAMERA D’AFRIQUE/Twenty Years of African Cinema by Férid Boughedir | Film Classics
More than half a century of colonial cinema, Africans in newly independent countries were finally able to operate the camera themselves. No more would Africa simply just be used as an exotic backdrop nor its inhabitants depicted mostly as less than human and portrayed in ways that undermined their dignity. Shot over a decade, Caméra d’Afrique relates the first 20 years of the new cohort of creative film-makers that emerged in sub-Saharan Africa, documenting an unprecedented hunger for expression that remains unsated to this day. RSVP
September 12: NIGHT OF THE KINGS (La nuit des rois) by Philippe Lacôte
MACA, an Abidjan Prison is one of the most overcrowded in West Africa. Aging and sick, Blackbeard’s position is increasingly contested. To retain his power, he returns to the tradition of “Roman”, a ritual that involves forcing a prisoner to tell stories all night long. A young pickpocket is appointed. “Roman” does not know how to narrate a story but he is haunted by only one story, that of the chief “microbe” Zama King. RSVP
July 20: 10PP Matinee Series (Virtual Theatre/Event Cinema)
Using technology to develop new art forms, 10PP has created a virtual international stage showcasing the work of emerging writers and providing performance opportunities for both theatre veterans and emerging artists to engage with an exciting new medium for telling stories. The 10PP virtual theatre covers a wide range of topics and features writers, directors and actors from diverse international cultural backgrounds. RSVP
July 11: MOTHER, I AM SUFFOCATING. THIS IS MY LAST FILM ABOUT YOU by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
A woman walks through the landscapes and crowds of an unnamed country carrying a heavy cross on her back. In the images, the distant voice of a child calls out to its mother, accuses her, rejects her. In this first experimental feature film, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese mixes the personal with the political. Powerful slow-paced visual evocations give substance to the words with a harsh violence that is inseparable from a deep attachment. RSVP
June 2021: #WorldMusicDay at the movies
Just as we did last year, we shared a selection of films with #music as a central theme for the 2021 #World Music Day at the #movies countdown. Click on the images to read the individual recommendations! Check out the 2020 playlist here. Enjoy! Read more
June 13: AFRICA MIA by Richard Minier and Edouard Salier (#WorldMusicDay)
Ahead of World Music Day, we journey from Havana to Bamako in search of the soul of Afro-Cuban music, following in the footsteps of ten young Malian musicians in musical training in Cuba, who became a founding group of world music: the legendary Maravillas of Mali. Fifty years later, this forgotten group is resurrected thanks to Maestro Boncana Maïga, its historical conductor. RSVP
May 16: TAINTED CANVAS by Segilola Ogidan (Screening + Conversation)
The journey to self is one stunningly ugly masterpiece. TAINTED CANVAS is a harrowing tale about the effects of child prostitution in adult life. This screening is organised in conjunction with Alliance Française Lagos, OKP Productions, IGODO Films, and 37th State Productions. #RSVP
April 11: OUR LADY OF THE NILE (Notre-Dame du Nil) by Atiq Rahimi (Physical Screening)
Save the date for our April 11 screening of NOTRE-DAME DU NIL (Our Lady of the Nile). The award-winning feature film – directed by Atiq Rahimi- is an adaptation of Scholastique Mukasonga’s novel of the same name originally published, in French, in 2012. RSVP
March 21: AFROFUTURISTIK (Quartiers Lointains 6) | Nigerian Premiere
Screen Out Loud, AF Lagos and the French Institute in Nigeria are proud to present AFROFUTURISTIK, the 6th Edition of the Quartiers Lointains short film programme. This season is composed of five short fiction and documentary films by filmmakers from Morocco, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
March 14: BAAMUM NAFI (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia (Film Premiere)
We are still in Oscars territory come March! What happens when sibling rivalry threatens far-reaching consequences? Find out at our March 14 screening of BAAMUM NAFI, Mamadou Dia‘s absorbing feature debut and Senegal’s official entry to this year’s Academy Awards (International Feature Film). The screening is organised in collaboration with the Alliance Française Lagos and the Institut français du Nigeria. RSVP.
February 28: THE LETTER by Maia Lekow & Christopher King (Film Premiere)
Save the date! Don’t miss the Nigerian premiere of THE LETTER, Kenya’s official entry to this year’s Academy Awards (Best International Film). We are grateful to the director-producers Maia Lekow and Christopher King, for the collaboration and the chance to share this beautiful, thoughtful documentary with the Lagos audience. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. RSVP
February 14: TROUBLE SLEEP by Alain Kassanda (Physical Screening)
In close collaboration with Alliance Française de Lagos, we are proud to present TROUBLE SLEEP (Alain Kassanda, France/Nigeria; 2019. Documentary). Join us in the auditorium of Alliance Française de Lagos / Mike Adenuga Centre on Sunday, February 14th at 5:00 PM for a screening and conversation with the director. The event will begin with the screening of WE ARE TIRED, a 6-min documentary by Tobi Akinde. RSVP
January 24: PRICE OF ADMISSION by Udoka Oyeka (Nigerian Premiere)
In collaboration with Black Rabbit Hole Pictures and Alliance Française Lagos, Screen Out Loud invites you to the special screening of PRICE OF ADMISSION, the new short by filmmaker Udoka Oyeka.
Join us on Sunday, January 24th at 5:00 PM (doors open at 4.30pm) for a thrilling cinematic adventure followed by a conversation with the director, and the film’s lead actor Brymo Olawale. RSVP
January 17: FREEDOM FIELDS by Naziha Arebi (Nigerian Premiere)
Our 2021 calendar kicks off with the compelling documentary by Naziha Arebi. “Filmed over five years, FREEDOM FIELDS (2018) follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. […] An intimate film about hope, struggle and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of team.” (Arabic/English w/English subtitles). Save the date.
December 13 Film Screening: LE HAVRE (by Aki Kaurismäki)
Join us on Sunday, December 13th at our screening of Aki Kaurismäki’s LE HAVRE (Comedy/Drama, 2011, 1h34). Ahead of International Migrants’ Day on December 18, LE HAVRE’s themes of tolerance and migration remain hot topics. This screening is supported by Alliance Française de Lagos and Institut français du Nigeria. RSVP
November 8: LOVING VINCENT (European Arthouse Cinema Day)
This November, we are proud to present the Nigerian premiere of LOVING VINCENT (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman; Poland/UK, 2017). The screening is made possible with the support of BreakThru Productions, producers of the multiple award-winning animated biopic, and is part of global events marking the European Arthouse Cinema Day, an initiative of the International Confederation of Art Cinemas (CICAE). Read more.
October 19 – 25: Sembene Across Africa (Virtual & Physical Screening)
Sembene Across Africa, an annual programme launched in 2017, returns with a week of online and in-person screenings and seminars, and is produced in conjunction with more than 100 African institutions. The programme, which includes two of Ousmane Sembene’s films and a documentary about him, will also take place in Lagos. Discover more
October 11 Screening: You Will Die At Twenty (Nigerian Premiere)
This October, we are happy to resume physical screenings with the Nigerian premiere of the award-winning feature film YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY (Sudan; 2019) by Amjad Abu Alala.
To commemorate Dyslexia Awareness Month, the screening will be preceded by the inspiring and deeply personal short film MICAL (Yewweng Ho; UK, 19mins, 2020). Read more
June 2020: #WorldMusicDay at the movies
For the 2020 World Music Day countdown, we shared a selection of films and TV series with music as a central theme. The task for our friends? “Recommend a music-themed film or series (regardless of length, genre, format or language) that you like and tell us why”. #WorldMusic Day #AtTheMovies Read more