AFRIFF 2015 Announces Opening, Closing Films


As preparations towards this year’s edition of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) reach a crescendo, organisers have announced two feature film highlights for the festival. They include Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, as the opening film for the weeklong festival, while Road To Yesterday, the highly anticipated feature film debut by Nollywood diva, Genevieve Nnaji has been selected as closing film.

AFRIFF returns with a prospective 5th edition in Lagos from November 8 to 15, 2015, with about 180 films screening at three notable cinemas, including Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Genesis Duluxe Cinema, Lekki, and City Mall Cinema, Onikan.

Mediterranea, also a feature film debut by the director, follows Carpignano’s astonishing Short, A Chjana, and was premiered at Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year.

A highly revealing immigrants’ story, Mediterranea tells the story of two men who make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy in search of greener pasture, but then face hostility and violence in what could be described as a shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

Produced by T.E.N (The Entertainment Network), Nnaji’s Road To Yesterday is highly expected by fans who are anxious to see the actress’ first work as a producer. There has been so much buzz around the film ever since promoters released its teasers.

The film features and introduces Nigerian-British actor, Oris Erhuerho who plays ‘Izu’ the burly husband and father, and Genevieve Nnaji as ‘Victoria’ the conflicted wife and mother.


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