‘Walking with Shadows’ a movie by Prolific Nigerian director, Funmi Iyanda drew multitude to the 2019 African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) on Thursday, November 14.
Following Thursday’s premiere of Walking with Shadows at the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Funmi Iyanda has described it as ‘gratifying’ and ‘electric’.
Various people from all walks of life gathered for the premiere including actors Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ufuoma McDermott, Adunni Ade, and others.
In a post on Instagram on Friday, Funmi said she was overwhelmed by the acceptance given the movie.
“Yesterday’s Premiere of #walkingwithshadows @afriff was gratifying and electric. All 5 screens filled and spilling, with reactions and responses only a Nigerian audience can give. The overwhelming warm welcome home from my countrymen stretched my heartstrings. Thank you Nigeria and project partner @tiersnigeria,” she wrote.
An adaptation of Jude Dibia’s book of the same title, the film fully explores many pressing societal issues which sections of the African society can relate with but cannot freely address, while also promoting the importance of self-discovery and acceptance in cultural society.
Featuring a stellar cast including Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Wale Ojo, Ozzy Agu, Zainab Balogun, Funsho Adeolu, and more, Walking with Shadows discusses the context of strong religious and cultural beliefs, and tells the story of self-acceptance after well-kept secrets begin to threaten a ‘perfect’ life.
The movie produced by Funmi’s company, OYA Media, in collaboration with The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), was premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on October 9.
Other notable film practitioners present at the event are Kunle Afolayan, Uzor Osimkpa, Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman, Ibrahim Suleiman, Tope Oshin, Bose Oshin, Mildred Okwo, John Njamah, Kemi Lala, Ufuoma McDermott, and Michelle Ashionye.
Lasting over 60 minutes, the film focuses on sexuality and equal rights amongst same-sex relationships.
Speaking after the premiere, Iyanda said it took 10 years to make the film. She said the decision to make the film came after she read the book by Jude Dibia while she was the presenter of New Dawn on NTA.
Iyanda also said filming began in 2017 with collaborations from co-producer, Olumide Makanjuola.
On her part, Zainab Balogun, who plays the lead female role said the excitement for her is the multitude that came all out to see the film.
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