Nigerian twist at Kenya Film Fest

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There will be a Nigerian twist to this year’s Kenya International Film Festival, with several Nollywood films lined up for viewing for the ten-day event that starts on October 21.

Several Nigerian film producers will be at hand to share their experiences and learn from local talent at the annual event that will be held at the National Museum.

The icing on the cake however is the presence of Nigerian literary giant, Wole Soyinka.

Courtesy of the Nigerian Film and Video Censorship Board, Soyinka will facilitate a forum for literature schools on the sidelines of the festival.

The poet and playwright will host other professors and film-makers for discussions that will touch on the film syllabus and curricula in Kenya’s tertiary education institutions.

In a statement, Festival director Charles Asiba said: “We are delighted to have a personality of the stature of Prof. Wole Soyinka… We are also excited with the fact that KIFF is going to be used as platform for Prof. Soyinka to educate the young literature scholars in Kenya.”

Asiba also announced the attendance of Idrissa Ouedraogo, a well-known film director from Burkina Faso as jury member at KIFF 2011.

Ouédraogo is known for winning the Grand Prix for his film Tilaï (The Law) at the Cannes Film Festival, among several other awards over the years.

More than 530 films from close to 52 countries will feature at KIFF this year, signaling a massive growth from the previous years.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘leadership’ and for the first time, not only Nairobi will benefit from the exchange of culture, but Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret will host film screenings as well. Among the movies that will be screened is The First Grader.

Asiba says that they have done their part and now it’s up to Kenyans to turn up and watch the films, which have been brought to their doorstep.

Other activities lined up during the festival are a mobile phone film competition, and a forum tackling the business side of film.

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