Award winning filmmaker Kathryn Fasega is set to produce an unusual love story in Lagos Nigeria which features prominent Nigerian actors like Joke Silva, Jide Kosoko, Tina Mba, Beverly Naya, Toyin Abraham, Shaffy Bello, Fathia Williams, Mawuli Gavor and many more. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday the 11th Of December, Kathryn announced that her new movie, “Two weeks in Lagos” is currently in production.
She expressed her joy and gratitude for the opportunity to direct such an enthralling and stereotype-changing love story which is also faith-based. “It’s a love story and also a faith based story. It’s a story about a young couple that meet and go through a lot of challenges” She stated. They talk about my country in a negative perspective. I am doing this to change that narrative. It’s also a love story with a difference because of the characters involved. They are 2 characters with strong ethics who know exactly what they want,” she added.
Actors Toyin Abraham, Mawuli Gavor, Joke Silva, Beverly Naya, were also present at the press conference to share their unique experiences during filming and the lessons gained from being part of such an unconventional movie. Toyin Abraham said “This is my first time working on a faith based project/Christian film and it has been a lovely experience. The characters have been amazing and it has been fun all the way, the director is very calm and flows with everybody. I love the story, simple and nice.”
Beverly Naya also enthused about the movie. The actress mentioned “I love the simplicity of the story and I found that it was really touching. I have always been a Christian but lately I have been working on my spiritual journey and it’s really serious now more than ever. When I saw the script, I fell in love with it, I thought I could use my craft to bring people closer to God and this would be a great avenue to do so.”
Also at the press briefing was the producer of the movie, Inya Lawal, the executive producers, Ambrose Ovbiebo and Miebaka Ovbiebo, Ken Attoh the Director Of Photography who shared with the press what inspired them to be part of the film. In Ken Attoh’s words, “This would be my first time shooting a film in Lagos. It’s been wonderful because It is me stepping out from my comfort zone. I have had to sit with Kathryn to bring her story to life. The pictures are fantastic, the costumes, the location, everything is vivid. I loved the experience.’’
Kathryn Fasega is a Canadian-based filmmaker who is known internationally for her award winning movie, “Treacherous Heart” which she directed in 2012, has won several awards outside Africa such as Best Drama in Diaspora at the African Oscars in North Carolina, USA 2012 and Favorite Director African Oscars, Washington DC USA. She is also a member of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) as well as Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA), and has won the award for the Global Woman Vision Award Calgary, in June 2012.
The movie, “Two weeks in Lagos,” is set to be released in 2019.