La Femme Anjola goes to New York
Mildred Okwo’s 2021 African neo-noir crime thriller, La Femme Anjola will hit the big screens in New York City Theatres tomorrow. The screening, which will be at the prestigious MCC Theater, is a collaboration between African Film Festival and MCC Theater.
The screening precedes global streaming of the film between November 25 and November 28, 2021. Directed by Mildred Okwo and written by Tunde Babalola, the crime thriller, which premiered in Nigeria in March to great reviews, tells the story of a young Lagos investment banker whose life is upended when he falls in love with the wife of a gangster.
Starring Rita Dominic, Nonso Bassey, Mumbi Maina and Femi Jacobs, the movie has already bagged four nominations in this year’s Africa Movie Academy Awards. Its lead actors, Rita Dominic and Nonso Bassey, have received nominations for Best Actress/Actor in a Leading Role, respectively, while the film itself has been nominated for Achievement in Sound in the AMAA – NFVCB Award for Best Nigerian Film.
Speaking about the film, Okwo said: “As a filmmaker, I am drawn to telling stories that capture the essence of my observations and La Femme Anjola is one of such films. With this project, I had the opportunity to present a classic noir tale with a distinctively African twist; one that speaks for the times as it chronicles the journey of a young middle-class man who is simply a product of today’s Nigeria. In many ways, his story is the story of a modern-day Nigerian.”
La Femme Anjola will also be presented in conversation with MCC’s current production of Nollywood Dreams written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Saheem Ali.