In Abolore, Larayetan Interrogates Family Traumas
It was the French filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard, who said, “The cinema is truth 24-frames-per second.”
And that is a riveting reality that is fast-becoming a template for a new wave of iconic filmmakers across Nigeria, such as Toba Larayetan, whose latest flick, Abolore, captures the true essence of intimate storytelling. In the short film, the filmmakers explore the poignant battles fought within the home, revealing a realm of challenges that rival the horrors of war.
Directed by Aina Festus Proze and produced by Toba Larayetan, this compelling story follows the return of two soldiers, Abolore and Ogunmokun, who confront their families’ struggles with life and death. With its intriguing twists and turns, the film delves into important themes while highlighting the evolving landscape of Nigerian cinema.
In Abolore, viewers are invited to witness the aftermath of war as the two soldiers return home, only to discover a different kind of battlefield awaiting them. Abolore and Ogunmokun face the arduous challenges within their families—a pregnant wife and an ageing mother fighting for life, and a son grappling with the death of his mother, which occurred while his father was away. Yet, the true nature of these battles remains shrouded in mystery, leaving audiences to wonder if they are rooted in war, supernatural forces, or something entirely unexpected.
Abolore delves into profound themes that resonate deeply with viewers. It examines the toll of war on soldiers and their families, shedding light on the complexities and sacrifices involved in serving one’s country. Within the intimate setting of the home, the film explores the intricate dynamics of family relationships, unveiling battles fought on emotional, psychological, and spiritual planes. With its numerous twists and turns, “Abolore” keeps audiences engaged and yearning for answers while contemplating the depths of human struggle.
Available currently on YouTube, Abolore is a testament to the significance of emerging Nigerian filmmakers stepping forward to tell their unique stories. Nigerian cinema is undergoing a renaissance, with fresh voices breaking free from traditional moulds and exploring new narrative territories. Abolore exemplifies this trend, showcasing the creative audacity and storytelling prowess of its director, Aina Festus Proze, and the visionary production by Toba Larayetan. It stands as a testament to the evolving Nigerian movie scene, with storytellers unafraid to venture beyond their comfort zones, embracing innovation, and captivating audiences worldwide.
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