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NYWIFT Member Screening Series
Anecdotes of a Nigeria: 4 Short Films

The NYWIFT Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at 2nd St.). 

Join us for Anecdotes of a Nigeria, a selection of four short films: True Story Nollywood by Ihuoma Mambo Atanga, Nigeria After Biafra by Chinonyelum Nono Osuji, Four One Nine by Alexander Etseyatse, and Say Grace Before Drowning by Nikyatu Jusu.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers. Then, join us at Cellar 58, 58 Second Avenue at 3rd Street, for mingling, a cash bar, and complimentary appetizers.

True Story Nollywood  (by Ihuoma Atanga)
This documentary short depicts the evolution of the world’s most popular African film industry: Nollywood. The Nollywood phenomenon paints a picture of Africa that is seldom acknowledged by the West, and relays narratives often criticized by West Africans themselves. This documentary sheds light on popular opinions, commentaries and often clandestine criticisms regarding the authenticity of the African narrative in Nollywood films.

Nigeria After Biafra
 (by Nono Osuji)
This film explores how far Nigeria has come since Biafra and what the future of the country might be if things continue to progress down a path of division and destruction. Could the country be heading in the direction of another Civil War?


Four One Nine
(by Alexander Etseyatse)
Two British-Nigerian brothers—older brother Ade and younger brother Segun—are involved in an illegal family business. Ade is ending it while Segun wants to do just one more job.



Say Grace Before Drowning
 (by Nikyatu Jusu)
After meeting her African refugee mother for the first time in six years, 8-year-old Hawa is forced to coexist with a woman teetering on the brink of insanity. African nations plagued by civil unrest wage war on women in the form of rape. Grace is one such victim, birthing a daughter, Hawa, as a consequence of this rape. Grace joins Hawa in the U.S. in a new life with her estranged daughter’s surrogate family.
           
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Additional co-sponsorship by Tyrone Jackson, Internet Media and Entertainment, Inc.