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Experimental movie, Bipolar, hits cinemas

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With experimental movies now the most popular genre in the country’s cinema, one of Nigeria’s rising acts, Oyin Laz, recently unveiled a new flick on the genre titled, Bipolar.

Written and produced by her, the movie, which is distributed by Blue Pictures and directed by Muyiwa Ademola, features prominent Yoruba actors, such as, Jide Kosoko, Lanre Hassan, Kayode Olaiya, Bolanle Ninalowo, Bukky Fagbuyi, Tayo Sobola, Wale Akorede, Afeez Eniola, Bimbo Oshin, and Adedimeji Lateef.

The movie, which hit the cinemas on August 31, tells the story of a young lady who battles depression, which began early in her life after the loss of her twin sister.

The film, according to Laz, is a story that talks about the basic types of bipolar disorder; all of them involving clear changes in mood, energy and activity levels.

“People with bipolar disorder experience periods of unusually intense emotion; changes in sleep patterns and activity levels, and unusual behaviors. These distinct periods are called ‘mood episodes’.

“I got inspired to make this film, because I have a lot of people around me who are actually suffering from this mental illness but don’t actually know what it is, which is why I want to put this out there for people to see it: if its good, they will accept it,” she said

The premiere, which held at Ozone Cinema, Yaba, Lagos, attracted a host of movie lovers and celebrities in the creative industry.

According to the veteran actor Yemi Solade, “we have lots of individuals most especially our political leaders; some of them can be so erratic in their behavior. These are basically the symptoms but a lot of people don’t want to be bothered about it.”


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