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Nigeria’s EYIMOFE: An Official Selection at the Berlinale

By Pat Omanu on 28 Jan, 2020

The Berlin International Film Festival, popularly known as the Berlinale will hold its 70th edition this year from the 20th of February to the 1st of March. Next to Cannes and Venice it is one of the world’s ‘Big Three’ film festivals and Eyimofe, a feature film from Nigeria will have its world premiere there.


The film, which will be shown in the Forum section of the festival is set in Lagos and presents the city at its most authentic, capturing its energy and vitality as it tells the story of two characters seeking what they believe will be a better life abroad.


It is a known fact that there is a constant flow of Nigerians out of the country and they leave with no plans to come back. The film’s creators say it seeks to explore, ‘without judgement or condemnation’, some of the reasons Nigerians choose to leave the country. More importantly the film sheds light on the type of people who risk all to make that journey through land and sea in search of a new life in a place they know very little of.


Eyimofe is the first feature film by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri. Chuko we are pleased to say is a ZODML alumni (2011-2012). He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the Tisch School of Arts, New York University. Arie has an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.

The film is presented by GND Studios and is financed entirely by Nigerian investors.



Stars: Jude Akuwudike, Tomiwa Edun, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, Chioma Omeruah (Chigul), Jacob Alexander

Writter: Chuko Esiri

Directors: Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri

Producer: Melissa Adeyemo

Director of Photography: Arseni Khachaturan

Production Design: Taisa Malouf

Costume: Daniel Obasi

Editor: Andrew Stephen Lee

Music: Akin Adebowale (view full cast and crew)