Nigerian filmmaker Tunde Kelani has released the first trailer for his latest work, an adaptation of author Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare‘s Dazzling Mirage.
The novel’s story revolves around a female sickle cell carrier and the seemingly endless flow of problems that complicate her life as a result.
Betrayal, loyalty, love, travails, and triumphs against the physical pains, emotional trauma are experienced in the life of the sufferer as she forges ahead in the quest to be self fulfilled. It also unveils and challenges certain myths around about sickle cell sufferers.
Director Kelani added this in a statement:
‘’Even then it is an interesting love story, because all of us are connected directly or indirectly to the sufferers of this ailment. I’m intrigued by the writer’s approach to weave a love story with it and that to me, it is an attraction. I have also had personal relationship with sufferers of this ailment and I consider it my responsibility to bring their story to fore.’’
Fellow Nigerian filmmaker (and actor) Kunle Afolayan, stars in the Dazzling Mirage alongside Kemi Lala Akindoju, Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Yomi Fash Lanso, Bimbo Manuel, Ayo Badmus, and Tosin Bucknor.
Kelani commissioned award-winning London-based Nigerian screenwriter Ade Solanke to adapt the book.
Production on Dazzling Mirage kicked off earlier this year, with a 2014 release date likely.
In the meantime, watch the just-released first trailer for the drama below: