Why Izu Ojukwu’s ’76 is the star attraction for critics at TIFF

76 at TIFF

Izu Ojukwu had always been a star in his own right. So it should come as no surprise that ’76 has received critical acclaim at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival- where Lagos is the focus of the 41st edition’s City to City program.

If you remember the Amstel Malta blockbusters Sitanda and White Waters, both of which Ojukwu directed, then you know the success of this new film was merely waiting to happen.

Thankfully, it happened on such an international scale like the one afforded by TIFF because otherwise, his stellar work would have been overshadowed by the amazing performances put up by the cast of the movie. Classic case of the Prophet in his hometown.

In a chat with Atoke, Ojukwu said a near death experience on his way to Yankari Game Reserve in 1999 changed his mindset towards soldiers, after he was rescued and housed, alongside his crew, to recuperate.

This left a great deal of impact in Ojukwu’s life, so much that the movie was based on the history, the humanity and the real lives of the men on the front line.

Luckily for him, the critics loved it.

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