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AFRIFF 2015 announces opening, closing films

As preparation towards this year’s edition of Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, moves towards its peak, organizers have announced two feature film highlights for the festival. They include Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, as the opening film for the weeklong festival, while Road To Yesterday, the highly anticipated feature film debut by Nollywood diva, Genevieve Nnaji has been selected as closing film.

AFRIFF returns with a prospective 5th edition in Lagos from November 8 to 15, 2015, with about 180 films screening at three notable cinemas, including  Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Genesis Duluxe Cinema, Lekki, and City Mall Cinema, Onikan.

Mediterranea, also a feature film debut by the director, follows Carpignano’s astonishing Short, A Chjana, and was premiered at Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year.

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A highly revealing immigrants’ story, Mediterranea tells the story of two men who make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy in search of greener pasture, but then face hostility and violence in what could be described as a shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

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Produced by T.E.N (The Entertainment Network), Nnaji’s Road To Yesterday is highly expected by fans who are anxious to see the actress’ first work as a producer. There has been so much buzz around the film ever since promoters released its teasers.

The film features and introduces Nigerian-British actor, Oris Erhuerho who plays ‘Izu’ the burly husband and father, and Genevieve Nnaji as ‘Victoria’ the conflicted wife and mother.

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Set in Lagos Nigeria, Road to Yesterday is an epic love story, about a couple desperate to mend its marriage on a road trip to a relative’s funeral. However when memories and secrets from the past are revealed, a lot more is at stake than their relationship.

Oris Erhuerho is better known for his role ‘Honore’ in the Golden Globe nominated HBO Movie, ‘Sometimes In April’. This is Mr. Erhuerho’s first Nigerian production.

Directed by Ishaya Bako, Road to Yesterday also stars Majid Michel, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and veteran Ebele Okaro.

Intended participants have been advised to register at www.afriff.com, as admittance will be for only registered and duly accredited delegates.

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