Daughters of Igbo Woman to be premiered in Nigeria.
Following a successful tour to two memorial sites in Bristol UK (The Georgian House Museum; Greenbank Cemetery and ‘the Bearpit’) in October for Black History Month, and contributing to the Journey to Justice Bristol programme between August and October 2017, Daughters of Igbo Woman will be screening in Lagos Nigeria for the first time in the country. The film looks forward to another impressive outing in Lagos, with the possibilities of a tour of other cities in the country.
Three African writers- Ros Martin UK, Akachi Ezeigbo Nigeria, and Vida Rawlins St Kitts come together to weave this moving tale in memory of Fanny Coker (Fanny being a shortened form of Fumnanya — 1767-1820) to mark her 250 birth anniversary & to commemorate International Slavery memorial day.
DAUGHTERS OF IGBO WOMAN is a literary film that recaptures and renders audible & visible the forgotten voices and lives of three generations of 18th-century African women from one family permanently separated by the transatlantic slave trade in inhumanity. The film which was made using 18thPinney archive papers from the University of Bristol comes in a trilogy and digital shorts. DAUGHTERS is scheduled for screening at the Freedom Park on Monday, November 13th by 6:30 pm prompt as an extension of the Lagos Book & Arts Festival, LABAF 2017.
The Artistic Director, Ros Martin says “it is an absolute thrill and honor for DAUGHTERS to be launched on Nigeria soil where the narrative begins, linking our common ancestry for those of us in the diaspora. We African women writers have evoked ancestors’ voice into landscapes of our residence, in bringing together the three film shorts we symbolically reconnect to honor our common ancestral spirits who endured forced migration, separation and loss”.
The first part of the trilogy opens with Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo rendering Abu Akwa (dirge) in memory of Ojiugo in the wake of her daughter’s disappearance. Set in 1764 Uga in present day Anambra State, South Eastern Nigeria, the time is during the boom of slave trade when activities of headhunters were rampant with women and children often falling victims of wars and raids.
Similarly, while Adaeze ends up on a sugar plantation in the Caribbean, her daughter – Fumnanya is taken to Bristol, UK and her mother is emotionally forced to pen her an effusive letter.
The film has been sponsored using public funding by the Arts Council England and supported by Bristol Culture the Georgian House Museum & Journey to Justice. There is no gate fee and It is a must-see for all!
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