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Nigerian film, Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), wins BlackStar Film Festival Award; Shows in Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Dallas Texas

Arie & Chuko Esiri

British-Nigerian actor Jude Akuwudike in one of the scenes in EYIMOFE

Award-winning Nigerian film, Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), has continued its journey through the United States of America (USA) with much excitement, rave reviews and more awards.

The film, directed by twin brothers, Arie and Chuko Esiri, which was just this August 2021, announced Best Feature Narrative film at the BlackStar Film Festival, is showing  this weekend in Tucson, Arizona, (The Loft), in Dallas Texas (The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas Texas, August 14 and 15 only) and in Brooklyn, New York, (August 13-19).

Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), which has received excellent and favorable reviews in leading media in the US, was also named among the Best Movies of 2021 (So far).

The BlackStar Film Festival’s Juried Award for Best Feature Narrative had as Jurors, Dagmawi Woubshet, Rajendra Roy and Tayarisha Poe and they had this to say:  “Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) is a beautifully shot, vibrant film whose cinematography believes fully in its environment, and carries an acting style that captures a complete snapshot of life in a place.”

The film, by GDN Studios, part of The Guardian Group of Nigeria (publishers of Guardian Newspapers of Nigeria) is set in Lagos, and the story is told in two chapters. It follows the stories of Mofe, a factory technician, and Rosa, a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores.

The BlackStar Film Festival is the world’s premier celebration of Black, Brown, and Indigenous film and video artists and was presented this year with lead sponsor Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and global communities of color – showcasing films by Black, Brown, and Indigenous people from around the world.

Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), written by Chuko Esiri and produced by Melissa Adeyemo, featured several characters including Jude Akuwudike, Tomiwa Edun, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie and Jacob Alexander.

Fully financed in Nigeria and shot on 16mm, it is the first film from GDN Studios and the Executive Producers include Maiden Alex Ibru, Toke Alex Ibru, Olorogun Oskar Ibru, Kayode Akindele, and Ifeoma Esiri.

Janus Films acquired the rights of EYIMOFE for the North American market and the film was officially released in the US in New York on July 23, 2021. It is now on its journey through the US and Canada and this will be followed by a streaming release on the Criterion Channel and home video release via the Criterion Collection.

Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) is a film every Nigerian, African and, indeed, every human being should watch, not just because of its high production quality but because of its lessons.

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