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USA Premiere Set for Nigerian Filmmaker Kunle Afolayan’s 1960s-Set Thriller ‘October 1’

USA Premiere Set for Nigerian Filmmaker Kunle Afolayan's 1960s-Set Thriller 'October 1'

Nigerian producer-director-actor, Kunle Afolayan’s latest work, the crime drama “October 1” (also the official date Nigeria declared its independence from the UK in 1960), is set to make its USA premiere at the CULTURAL CONFIDENCE event presented by The Nollywood Diaspora Film Series, which is a platform for Nigerian films to be showcased for international audiences. 

Taking place in New York City, at the NYU Kimmel Center, on 60 Washington Square South, the series will also include screenings of other films covered on this blog including “The Supreme Price,” “Mother of George,” and “Half of a Yellow Sun,” as well as workshops and panels that will include names you’d be familiar with, like Afolayan, Adepero Oduye, Gbenga Akinnagbe, and others.

Produced by his Golden Effects production company, “October 1” is set in 1960, against the backdrop of Nigeria’s independence, and is said to be of the serial killer genre.

Written by Tunde Babalola, here’s how it’s described: “… A psychological thriller detailing the activities of a northern police detective, Dan Waziri who was posted to the western region to unravel the mystery behind a series of female murders in the community. He soon discovers that the prime suspect is Aderopo, the prince of the community. Waziri, however does not have plenty of time as he is expected to bring the Prince to book before the Nigerian flag is raised on October 1.”

“October 1” stars Sadiq Daba, Kehinde Bankole, David Bailie, Kayode Olaiya, Nick Rhys, Fabian Lojede, and Demola Adedoyin.

For details on the CULTURAL CONFIDENCE event in New York City, click here.

Afolayan’s last film, the romantic-comedy “Phone Swap,” a film we also covered, screened internationally, in 2012, and is available via digital platforms currently.

And the film he made before that, the thriller, “Araromire” (“The Figurine”), is now available for streaming online on streaming sites like Ndani.TV, which features primarily Nollywood cinema – or what the founders call “the best of New Nollywood as well as the classics.”

Underneath you’ll find the film’s full trailer, and poster. But first, check out the Smart Monkey TV interview below, in which Afolayan talks about the film (made with a reported $2 million budget – unheard of Nigerian cinema), the Nollywood and Nigerian film industry overall, producing films that can compete on the international film stage, specifically at an acclaimed festival like Cannes. He also talks about his struggles in getting a general release for his last film, “Phone Swap,” outside of Nigeria, despite festival play around the globe, as well as general struggles in getting films made in Nigeria. It’s well worth a listen.

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