Fresh from Locarno Filmfest, Surreal Collective screen Juju Stories in Lagos
The anthology feature film by Surreal 16 Collective Juju Stories, which won the Boccalino d’oro award for Best ﬁlm at the 2021 Locarno International Film Festival, has been screened to a home audience. The private industry screening took place on August 27, at Alliance Française de Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi.
Supported by the Embassy of France, Nigeria, and Bombay Sapphire, Juju Stories is a 3 part anthology ﬁlm that explores Juju, West African supernatural beliefs, urban legends, and myths. It was directed by Abba T. Makama, C.J Fiery Obasi, Mike Omonua, and executive produced by Francis Neebot.
Promoted as the ﬁrst-ever France/Nigerian collaboration, in attendance at the private screening was the French ambassador, French Consular General, cast and crew of Juju Stories, members of the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria, alongside prominent people in the creative scene, including Nengi Adoki, Amaka Osakwe, Eric Nwanso, Osione Itegboje, Tolu Itegboje, Paul Utomi, Papa Omotayo, Wunika Mukan, and Belinda Yanga.
One of the directors of the project, Abba T. Makama, best known for his touring feature film Green White Green and Lost Okoroshi revealed after the screening that Juju Stories will be released on Halloween of October 2021, by Canal Olympia across 12 countries in West Africa.
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