The movie adaption of ‘Things Fall Apart‘, a debut novel by Chinua Achebe, the late literary icon, has been screened in Nigeria for the first time — about 50 years after its production. 

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According to EyesofaLagosboy, the movie was among legacy projects enlisted for screening at the “Festival of the Forgotten Films” which is currently holding at the cinema hall of the Nigeria Film corporation (NFC) in Ikoyi, Lagos state.

The project was screened at the cinema on July 31. ‘Things Fall Apart’ was shot in 1971 but rediscovered by the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.

It highlights the societal issues that plagued Nigeria in the 1960s when the country experienced a civil war.

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The 91-minute project follows the story of Obi Okonkwo, a journalist trained abroad who returned Clara Okeke, his lover.

 

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His relationship with Clara, however, came under threat because she was born into the Osu caste – an ancient practice in Igboland that discourages social interaction and marriage with a group of persons called Osu (outcasts).

The movie examines the attendant struggles of Okonkwo and the prevailing corruption and clash between European interests and traditional values at the time.

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The week-long festival, which will come to an end on August 8, is aimed at spotlighting old films of the 60s through the 70s.

Other movies enlisted to be screened during the event include the movie adaption of Wole Soyinka’s ‘Kongi’s Harvest’ and ‘Countdown at Kusini’ by Ossie Davis.

 

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The festival is organised by the Film Society in collaboration with Modern Art Film Archive and the Lagos Photo Festival.

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