Ogo Okpue, the London-based Nigerian filmmaker, has put out the trailer for ‘A Song From The Dark’, his first project as feature film director.
The forthcoming project features several top movie stars including Nse Ikpe-Etim and Wale Ojo.
Others are Vanessa Vanderpuye, Lola Wayne, Garcia Brown, Peace Oseyenum, and Paul Coster.
In a statement, Okpue said the project is a fantasy-horror, positioned to project heroes and heroines of African traditional mysticism with similar audacity as western films have entrenched the superman, wonderwoman and ironman.
“The inspiration of the story dates back to a certain period of my childhood when my family would visit my grandmother in our village. She happened to be a well-respected traditionalist,” he said.
“Tales of her would intrigue us and as I grew older, I regretted not knowing her more. She was an enigma and I wondered what it would have been like if some of her tales were captured in books.
“The world of African mysticism has not been explored enough in world cinema. And most times, it is vilified. America has Superman and Ironman, the United Kingdom has James Bond and Harry Potter. Japan and China have Flying Swordsmen and mystical Ninjas, India has Tonnes.
“I think in Africa, our superheroes have slept long enough, African stories are as diverse and as entertaining as the continent itself, so I thought, ‘why not add more African heroes to the fictional world of cinema?”
The movie, scheduled for release next year, has continued to snag recognition including multiple nominations for the the 2022 Africa Movies Academy Awards (AMAA).
Watch the trailer below:
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