Nollywood featured at Film Africa 2012

Director Andrew Ukoko’s The Assasin’s Practice would be screened on 4 November 2012, at the on going Film Africa holding in London, from 1 through 11 November, 2012.

Other Nigerian films to be screened at the festival include Tunde Kelani’s Maami which would be screened on 9 and 10 November, 2012 and Kunle Afolayan’s Phone Swap to be screened on 10 November 2012 at BFI Southbank.

The Assasin’s Practice tells the story of a failed stock investor who hires an assassin to stage his suicide and make it look like a botched robbery, so that his wife and daughter can live off his life insurance. But the assassin brings along with her far more than he bargained for.

Maami tells the story of a footballer who returns home days before the final selections for Nigeria’s World Cup team, and through revisiting his past, has to make some serious decisions.

Phone Swap is a story about two people from completely different walks of life who accidentally exchange phones and as a result must walk in the other’s shoes for a day.

All movie screenings would be followed by a Q&A with directors Kunle Afolayan, Tunde Kelani, Andrew Ukoko, actor Wale Ojo and Nollywood expert Dr Alessandro Jedlowki.
Film Africa is supported by the Royal African Society and London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and hosted by the Hackney Picturehouse, with screenings also at the BFI Southbank, Rich Mix in Shoreditch, The Ritzy in Brixton, Screen on the Green in Islington, and The South London Gallery.

The programme comprises of fictions, documentaries, and shorts, covering all aspects of the country. Film Africa 2012 will close with a screening of ‘Mama Africa’, a heartfelt documentary about Miriam Makeba and the inauguration of the Film Africa Audience Award and the Picha House, an alternative cinema venue with free screenings throughout the festival.