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FESPACO 2015 Highlights: Nigerian Crime Drama ‘Render to Caesar’ Starring Gbenga Akinnagbe (‘The Wire’)

FESPACO 2015 Highlights: Nigerian Crime Drama 'Render to Caesar' Starring Gbenga Akinnagbe ('The Wire')

Kicking off tomorrow, is the 24th Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), happening in Burkina Faso, West Africa – a festival that occurs only once every two years. This year’s event runs from February 28 to March 7, 2015, with “African Cinema: Production and Distribution in the Digital Era” as this edition’s theme.

134 films (shorts, features and documentaries), representing several countries across the continent, will screen, several of them already already familiar to S&A readers (although have yet to screen Stateside), like this one. I’ll be highlighting some of the more intriguing-looking films over the next several days, starting with this one…

A Nigerian crime drama titled “Render to Caesar,” which stars renaissance man Gbenga Akinnagbe (most will probably remember him from his days on “The Wire,” although he’s done a lot more since then). 

A brief description of the project, which is directed by Desmond Ovbiagele, reads: “Caesar revolves around two detectives stalking a psychotic crime lord in Lagos. Two friends who relocate from overseas to join the Lagos State Police command in Nigeria, who are assigned to track a notorious robber named Caesar, who doesn’t make their chase easy.”

Alongside Akinnagbe, in front of the camera are Bimbo Manuel, Omoni Oboli, Wale Ojo, Kalu Ikeagwu, Femi Jacobs and Kehinde Bankole.

Ovbiagele, Akinnagbe and Omoni Oboli are producing the film.

Check out the blistering trailer for the film below; the poster is underneath:

Here’s the poster:

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