A film we've been watching closely for a while now – writer/director Chinonye Chukwu's feature film debut Alaskaland will make its New York premiere at the 3rd annual New Voices In Black Cinema Festival, presented by BAMcinématek and ActNow Foundation.
Running from February 15 – 18, at BAM Rose Cinemas, this should be a good year, with 10 New York premieres include the aforementioned Alaskaland, and several other films that we've highlighted here on S&A in the last 12 months, like: Alain Gomis’ Aujourd’hui (Tey), Russ Parr’s The Undershepherd, Alfons Adetuyi’s High Chicago, Neil Drumming’s Big Words, Andy Mundy-Castle’s The Fade and others.
The drama centers on estranged Nigerian-American siblings (brother and sister) who reunite in their hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Here's its official synopsis:
After a tragic accident, Chukwuma, an Alaskan-raised Nigerian, is separated from his younger sister, Chidinma, who moves to Nigeria with their Uncle until she becomes of legal age. Two years later, the siblings reconnect to find their estrangement has created new personal and cultural frictions in ways that bring them closer to each other and their roots, as well as help them define what it means to be a Nigerian in Alaska.
It's one of a handful of good-looking feature films (many we've profiled previously here on S&A) that will be screening at the film festival which stars this Friday; and I'll be highlighting some of those titles all week.
Congrats to Chinonye, her crew and cast (Alex Ubokudom, Chioma Dunkley, Leland Martin, Corey Campbell and Chijike Nwoga).
Here's the teaser trailer for Alaskaland: