Green White Green by Nigerian filmmaker, Abba Makama, has been selected as one of the movies to premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) City to City line-up next month. The movie follows the story of three young boys from Nigeria’s major ethnic groups on an adventure to make a short film inspired by the history of Nigeria.
Makama is largely known for his mockumentary TV series and short films. Since graduating from New York University (NYU), he has collaborated with some top brands and media like Google, Blackberry, Chanel O and MTV Base, and has quite an impressive portfolio.
Makama is the founder and creative director of OFE. In 2011, one of his short films, Direc-toh was screened at the Eko International Film Festival and in 2012, Party of Ministers was screened at the Black Star Film festival in Philadelphia, USA. In 2014, Makama was commissioned by Al Jazeera to direct a documentary on the Nigeria Film Industry. Early this year, Makama made the list of African Creatives to Watch Out For in 2016 on Ventures Africa.
TIFF’s City for 2016 is Lagos, Nigeria. This year, the festival will “shine its spotlight on eight fearless features from the city of Lagos, Nigeria. The line-up showcases gutsy new work by contemporary directors living and working in one of the world’s biggest film industries – Nollywood. Other Nollywood movies to be screened at TIFF include Okafor’s Law by Omoni Oboli, Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo by Daniel Emeke Oriahi, 76 by Izu Ojukwu and Kemi Adetiba’s Wedding Party amongst others.
Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, says TIFF’s City to City spotlight “brings some of Nollywood’s most popular filmmakers who are introducing an alternative, indie spirit to Nigerian cinema.” “City to City showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set. Cities featured in past programmes include London, Seoul, Athens, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.”
Here’s the trailer for Makama’s Green White Green: