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Afolayan breaks into Japan film festival

Nollywood Award-winning actor and movie director, Kunle Afolayan, is making another groundbreaking entry into the Asian movie market as he takes his recent works, Figurine and Phone Swap, to Tokyo, Japan.

His foray into Tokyo is on the invitation of Cinema Africa, a non-profit organisation established in 2006 to develop understanding and appreciation of Africa in Japan through African films made by African filmmakers or producers.

The film festival billed to take place between May 18 and 23 would screen Phone Swap May 17 and Figurine May 18 at the Auditorium Shibuya, Tokyo. Also, there is an indication that the award winning filmmaker will be hosted to a dinner by the Nigerian High Commission in Tokyo on the day the festival opens. Afolayan describes the development as very inspiring.

In his, “It is no doubt another opportunity to showcase and promote African cinemas to the Asian world. It will also afford many people the opportunity to have a direct experience of cinemas in Africa, made by Africans, understand our stories as told by us. Africa and Africans can no longer allow their stories to be told from Hollywood’s perspectives or other people’s eyes. I hope the African and Nigerian communities in Japan would seize this opportunity to enjoy quality film and let’s celebrate a new beginning in African cinema.

SOURCE: PUNCH NEWSPAPER

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