A Nigerian literature award winner and filmmaker, Jude Idada’s latest film titled, ‘Kofa’, was screened at the present International African Film Festival during the week.
“Kofa,” meaning door in Hausa, tells the story of about eight people who wake up in their underwear and find themselves locked in a room. All they remember are their names. As a gunman walks in to spot them one after another, they struggle to remember who they are, where they are, and why they are there in order to come up with an escape plan.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the film, Idada said, “The film is a cinematic tour de force. It’s a metaphor for the closed doors we repeatedly encounter in our lives and the lengths we take to open them, even when the odds are against us. It uses semi-nudity, gun violence, amnesia, entrapment, suspicion, intrigue, death, and a clock ticking to a shocking twist and explosive climax.
The cast of the film includes Zainab Balogun, Wale Ojo, Shawn Faqua, Kiki Omeili, Charles Etubiebi, Gina Castel, Udoka Oyeka, Buchi Franklin, Lucy Ameh, Carol King, and Hafeez Oyetoro.
Some of the celebrities present at the event were Enyinna Nwigwe, Kate Henshaw, Mofe Duncan, Beverly Naya, Daniel Etim-Effiong and Tosin Igho.
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