Choices premiers : Hello Movie lovers, a short film ‘Choices’ has just been premiered across several digital platforms.
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The new election-themed Nigerian short film is the third ‘Film for Life Project’ of the Lagos Film Academy (LFA), in association with the Global Philanthropy Alliance (GPA).
Earlier, LFA had picked three young Nigerian aspiring filmmakers. These young Nigerians won a $5,000 grant in the third Film for Life competition organised by LFA. They were given the opportunity to make a short film directed at impacting social change, themed in this 2019 edition in the country.
These three youngsters include the producer, Baridakara Nwilene, the writer, Alfa Faruk Umar and the director, Joshua Tostso.
While speaking during the media screening of the sort film in Lagos on Monday, the founder of LFA, Chris Ihidero, explained that the storyline bothers around the upcoming general elections in Nigeria.
According to him, election year in Nigeria is basically characterised by fear, uncertainty and an increase in the level of crime rates.
“As a result of this, a lot of citizens become complacent and uninterested in participating in the electoral processes, thereby refusing to use the one weapon they have to effect the change that the country needs to experience which is their votes.
“It is also important for us to make an impact with the short film that will be made, with the grant gotten from Global Philanthropy Alliance. The upcoming election is a major social happening in Nigeria, hence the need to play our parts with the story that will be told,” Ihidero said.
The film ‘Choices premiers tells the story of Tega, the only son of a family whose father Efe has over the years been a political thug and a mercenary who disrupts electoral processes. Every election has been an opportunity for him to make money and help his family survive. This year, Tega faces a critical choice that could change not just him and his family, but the entire community.
Cast of the short film include the popular Nollywood actor, Olumide Oworu of ‘The Johnsons’ and ‘MTV Shuga’ fame, who is the lead actor in the film, Tessy Brown (Sophia, The Lost Heir) as Tega’s mom, Barile and Ikponwosa Gold (Dominoes, Wetin Dey, Confusion Na Wa, Oga Bolaji) as Tega’s father Efe. Heavens Obule and Idoko Gold star as the younger versions of Tega.
The producers of this new film believes the project is expected to encourage citizen involvement in the electoral processes and the upcoming general elections in Nigeria.