Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis is starring, with Gideon Okeke and singer Nneka Egbuna, in Nigerian filmmaker Andy Amadi Okoroafor’s Relentless, “a haunting story about loneliness, love and self-discovery that explores Africa’s throbbing megacity Lagos, and the effects of war and loss.” According to Okoroafor, the film is in the final stages of the post-production process and an official trailer is set to be released later this year.
Okoroafor speaks about the film:
I see Relentless as a story told through innovative contemporary images. It is not a voyeuristic eye, it is participative and engaged, it is an insider perspective and the form of the images is a vital element of the film. I want the film to look under the surface, to look at Africa with a new intensity.
Relentless is a love story, a story about war, loneliness, and the workings of the human soul. It is a simple story of ordinary people finding themselves in extra ordinary situations, acting out their destiny. [. . .] Though set in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Lagos, Nigeria, the story could easily have been anywhere in Africa; Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Congo, Rwanda. It is an African story, but also a universal tale. An African story in its landscape and particular circumstances, but a universal story in its characters, its heart and theme.
The film will be screened at the BFI London Film Festival, which runs October 13-28, 2010.
For more information on the BFI London Film Festival, see http://www.bfi.org.uk/
For more information on Relentless and teaser, see http://weblog.liberatormagazine.com/2010/06/relentless-staring-nneka-egbuna-teaser.html