The 3rd Lakecity Film Festival (LACIFF 2018) holds from the 20th-26th of August 2018. This year’s festival is tagged “SIRIMA NKE OHERE” which translates “Cinema of possibilities”.
The festival starts with a five day film boot camp from Monday 20th of August till Friday 24th August. The opening ceremony will kick off by 7pm on Friday 24th August at the beach side.
Yes! Its another first from LACIFF. Open air community screening by the beautiful Oguta Lake beach side. This idea is driven by our quest to marry Tourism, culture and Film.
While it’s been a herculean task to sustain the only surviving film festival in the South –east, the results have been amazing. One of those results is our opening film, “Agwa Etiti Obiuto”. An Onyeka Nwelue film about Oguta. Onyeka cleverly uses a majority of Local talents and the natural environment to tell his story in the most realistic way possible. The film offers a fresh approach to film making which more than the fact that it was shot in Oguta informs our choice of selecting it as the opening film of the festival.
The Black Baron as he is fondly called uses his work to draw attention to real life problems that has become the reality of the people in spite of their contributions to the national coffers. The films brings to fore the oppression the people are forced to live with in the hands of those who oversee their oil wealth and the frustrations of the youth. Mr. Nwelue also takes a shot at the collaboration of the religious authorities with those who rob the entire people of development.
Typical of Onyeka, his belief in Ogbuide, the Goddess of the Oguta lake is not missing as he carefully validates it over the more contemporary Christian beliefs. It is a film that hopefully will open conversations that have for so long been ignored as Oguta has been in imposed darkness for over a decade but just a look at the horizon and the fire from gas flaring can be seen miles away as a visual reminder of a hope so close yet far way.
Only ten films will be selected and screened in LACIFF 2018. This is a herculean task for the Judges and the Artistic Director who will painstakingly go through all entries to select indigenous films with great social values and are in accordance to the festivals scope.
LACIFF 2018 promises to be fun filled and educating but most importantly, it will open up conversions on several societal issues that ought to be in the fore of civil discussions.