EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)

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First show: August 27

“Critics Pick! With aerial shots of Lagos’s bustling marketplaces and a sound design attuned to the city’s chatter, the directors, Arie and Chuko Esiri, evocatively capture a milieu where everyone — rich or poor — is always hustling and bargaining.” – NY Times

“A stunning feature debut” – BFI, Sight & Sound

A Woman with a brightly colored dress and head scarf

A triumph at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, the revelatory debut feature from codirectors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria. Shot on richly textured 16 mm film and infused with the spirit of neorealism, Eyimofe traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers—Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister—as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe while bumping up against the harsh economic realities of a world in which every interaction is a transaction. From these intimate stories emerges a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos, whose social fabric is captured in all its vibrancy and complexity.

Directed by Arie & Chuko Esiri. Written by Chuko Esiri. With Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Tomiwa Edun, Cynthia Ebijie, Jacob Alexander & Chioma “Chigul” Omeruah. Nigeria. In Nigerian English with English subtitles. 2020. 116 mins.



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