by Oge Okonkwo
The countdown has begun for the third edition of The Life House’s Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2013 set to uplift Lagosians’ spirits using film and other forms of art over the Independence Day holiday, from September 28 to October 1.
In addition to showing dozens of African and Diasporan films free-of-charge at The Wheatbaker, The British Council, The Southern Sun Hotel, and Freedom Park, the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2013 wants to elicit surprise and delight outside its dimly lit movie halls as well.
That is why our line-up of enthralling films, ranging from the coming-of-age story of a Nigerian raised in Alaska to Côte d’Ivoire’sfirst ever 3D feature animation, is interspersed with workshops, concerts and discussions.
Highlights include a filmmaking workshop run by Bond Emeruwa, director of Nollywood Workshops, a global coalition of filmmakers that supports the Nigerian film industry. ‘Ré’ Olunuga, leader of the Lagos Philharmonic Orchestra, will be sharing his film scoring expertise in a much anticipated talk about a little-known specialization.
The festival will also host a colorful souk of African crafts and other goodies DAILY, live music, as well as a poetry session introducingBranwen Okpako’s The Pilot and The Passenger, which tells the story of the seminal post-colonial poet, traditional priest and Biafran fighter, Christopher Okigbo.
This year’s edition of the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival, themed ‘Great Migrations’, is brought to you by The Life House in collaboration with the African Film Festival Inc., New York, and Nadia Denton.