This year’s African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) ended last month, with conversations on issues affecting cinema on the African continent, talent development opportunities and an array of exciting networking events. Out of 140 movies that was entered for screening at the festival, Nollywood racked up thirty, including the highly anticipated Faraday Okoro-directed movie Nigerian Prince.
Other films screened were Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe’s The Delivery Boy, which won Best Nigerian film at the festival’s award night, Stainless Ohikhuare’s Coat of Harm, and C J Obasi’s Afrofuturist short film Hello, Rain, to name a few. If you missed the festival, you are in luck because reviews for eights movie are now available, and in one place, written by eight Nigerian critics who attended a workshop held at the Goethe Institute. For their final assignment, the participants were instructed to review one of the movies seen at the festival.
From Wilfred Okiche reviewing the South African movie Sew the Winter to My Skin as, “Excellent. The vistas and nature shots are ravishing and Jonathan Kovel’s cinematography lights up the characters in ways that are striking,” to Franklin Ugobude’s comparison of Tanzanian film T-Junction to Ifeoma Chukwuogo’s short film Bariga Sugar, which was also screened at last year’s AFRIFF, the reviews hint at a burgeoning African cinema in all of its diversity. You can read the reviews on Critic.de here.