Segi’s Night Club, in the movie… Courtesy of Calpenny Films

By Mark Anton-Gibbons

The Festival of Forgotten Films (FOFF) took a break after the screening of Adamu Halilu’s Shaihu Umar, on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

The party will return on Friday, August 6, and conclude on Sunday, August 8, 2021.

FOFF, conceived as “an International Film that screens outstanding films using the unique power of archival footage to drive their narrative”, opened Saturday, July 31st, 2021 at the Zonal Office of the Nigerian Film Corporation NFC, in Ikoyi, Lagos.

This edition has so far sought answers to the question: What has happened to Nigeria’s Postwar (1970-75) Cinema? by screening Jason Pohland’s 1971 film adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart“, Ossie Davis’ “Kongi Harvest” , adapted from Wole Soyinka’s drama of the same title and Adamu Halilu’s Shaihu Umar, adapted from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s novel of the same title.

“These early Nigerian films we have screened have happened to be movies adapted from Literary texts”, observed Didi Cheeka, the festival’s curator.

A highlight of the proceedings was a lecture by veteran filmmaker Tam Fiofori, titled: The Foundation and Pioneers of the Nigerian Film Industry.

Iyabo Aboaba pointing to her image on display at the NFC Lagos Office in Ikoyi (By FRCN) venue of the ongoing Festival of Forgotten Films as curated by Didi Cheeka. Ms. Aboaba played the role of Bisi in the 1971 film adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart“. The festival continues Sunday August 1st at 2pm with the screening of another post-independence film Soyinka’s “Kongi Harvest” as directed by Ossie Davis and Co-produced by Francis Oladele. It closes 7pm after a number of film screenings, takes a four day break and then re-opens Friday August 6, 2021

When the Festival resumes on Friday, August 6, 2021, the programme schedule will run as follows:

  • 3. DAY

FRIDAY // 06/08/21

3:00 pm-Film Screening- Spell Reel by Filipa Cesar (Germany 2017, 96min), after which there’s talk, Q&A.

5:30 pm-Film Screening- Handsworth Song by John Akomfrah(United Kingdom 1987, 59min), after which there’s talk, Q&A.

6:30 pm-Post-Screening Conversation & Drinks.

  • 4. DAY

SATURDAY // 07/08/21

12:00 pm-Tribute- The Films of Eddie Ugbomah, after which there’s talk, Q&A.

1:45 pm-Film Screening-Uma Memória em Três Atos | A Memory in Three Acts by Inadelso Cossa.

(Mozambique 2016, 64min), after which there’s talk, Q&A

3:15 pm


4:00 pm-Panel Discussion- On the culture and politics of memory.

5:00 pm-Film Screening- La Zerda et Les Chants de L‘oubli | Zerda or The Songs of Forgetting by Assis Djebar (Algeria 1978, 60min), after which there’s talk, Q&A.

7:00 pm-Film Screening-Mes Voisins | My Neighbours by Med Hondo, (France 1971, 35min)

7:35 pm-Post-Screening Conversation & Drinks

  • 5. DAY

SUNDAY // 08/08/21

3:00 pm-Film Screening- Countdown at Kusini by Ossie Davis, (Nigeria, USA 1976, 101min).

Memory Also Dies, by Didi Cheeka (Nigeria 2020, 5min), after which there’s Q&A.

5:15 pm-Presentation-What Has Happened to Nigeria’sPostwar (1967-70) Cinema?

6:30 pm-Closing Reception / VJing

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