The National Film & Television School presents a documentary from producer/director Adeyemi Michael, titled Sodiq.
Michael is a recent MA Directing Documentary graduate from the National Film & Television School in the UK, and Sodiq is his graduation film. He tells me that it’s been screening selectively in the UK, private and public screenings – from The House Of Commons, to colleges, most recently screening 2 weeks ago as part of the NFTS Showcase at the BFI London Southbank.
Adeyemi says that the film should make its official debut via the film festival circuit this summer. He plans to travel with the film, eventually reaching USA shores with it, and screening it here as well.
Here’s a logline:
The search for a young man from a North Peckham estate who, in 2008, embarked on the journey to become a doctor, and 5 years later is on trial for murder…
It’s based on the life of the filmmaker’s friend, Sodiq Adeojo (above-left) who was found guilty last year of murdering 17-year-old Sylvester Akapalara (above-right), and was ordered to serve 22 years in jail, and 14 years for having a knife and a gun – all to be served concurrently.
Director Adeyemi says that he made the documentary to explore what the turning point was in Sodiq’s once promising life, and how his story is a reflection of broader social issues in Britain today.
We’ll keep you informed as the film progresses, and eventually premieres later this summer.
In the meantime, watch the teaser below for a glimpse at what to expect; and then read the filmmaker’s personal statement regarding the making of the film HERE: