In Shadow Parties, Amodu uncovers sponsors Of internecine violence
Since three weeks that it opened on Netflix, Shadow Parties has been doing fantastically well. It has been competing with the very best.
Again, five days ago, multi-talented artist, Ropo Ewenla, challenged lovers of brilliant movies to check out the film written, produced and directed by Yemi Amodu and give him a feedback.
The comments greeting the challenge he has on his Facebook page have been generally exciting, coming from those who have watched it.
And, by every standard, Shadow Parties, happens to be a beautiful piece of art – thematically worthwhile, artistically engaging and wisely cast.
Shadow Parties is the story of two communities at war with each other. The battle starts over claims and counter-claims on the ownership of a piece of land. Animosity soon deepens so that deaths, arson and more upheavals become the people’s lot. Ironically, however, those who appear to be leading the war on both sides have an agenda that the foot soldiers don’t know about.
This is where Jide Kosoko and Segun Arinze act well their pedigrees in the film. A Yemi Black (Owuteru), who is genuinely leading the war, to the extent of kidnapping Queen (brilliantly acted by Omotola) would later realise that there are some shadow parties fuelling the violence.
Speaking on this, Amodu says that the need to shed light on the ironies that characterise violent clashes, whether in the local community, national or international level has inspired the story.
He says, “most times, the reasons for these wars are not known to those who are fighting them. It is those people who stay in the background that really know. They are the ones who fuel the violence, because it is to their benefits. They are the ones who ensure that the war should never end. It is about the sponsors because everything starts and ends with gains.”
Also in action in the film are Jibola Dabo, Shola Sobowale, Toyin Abrahams, Afeez Oyetoro and others.