The Film Blog: Which one is the Eko International Film Festival again?

This one just crept up on us, without announcement.

Keepers of the Game, Code Girl, StartUp Generation and I’m Not Racist…Am I?

Four documentaries that supposedly speak to all that drive millenials across the world, especially Nigeria. Youth culture, technology, entrepreneurship, app development, diversity, racism, feminism and community. Each of the movies tell powerful stories that are calls-to-action for young people plus an opportunity for Nigerian filmmakers to gain insight into the kind of stories that need to be told with our local movies.

These movies were made by independent film makers who will be available for virtual dialogues with participants at the screenings which will hold on 21 and 24 October at Ozone Cinema and Silverbird Cinema.

And they are part of The American Film Showcase brought to Lagos by the United States Consulate General in partnership with the Eko International Film Festival.

This year’s edition is the 7th of the longest running independent film festival in Lagos, which we had previously never heard of. So, colour us ignorant if you must.

But they say the Eko International Film Festival is “one of the largest in Africa and over the years, has promoted content by Nigerian filmmakers ranging from documentaries to short films and feature films”. By collaborating with the United States Embassy this year, EkoIFF says it will tackle the common challenges faced by Nigerian and American youth through The American Showcase program.

Also on the line up for screening at the festival are short films from France, Austria, Israel and Spain.

Hmm.

We know nothing apart from what what we just shared – so we shall be there on today and Monday to find out exactly what makes this a necessary festival, in addition to AFRIFF and the returning Abuja Film Festival (which, to be honest, we don’t have high hopes for).

Just FYIing you guys.

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