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Eyimofe - Expat Cinema

A colourful portrait of the metropolis of Lagos, where some want to leave their chaotic home while others choose to stay.
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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Eyimofe

Hardworking handyman Mofe wants to get out of Lagos. He dreams of living in Spain and is already well on his way to achieving that dream: he has a passport and has had his name changed to "Sanchez". A death in the family puts him in financial trouble, as he has to pay for the coffin, but lacks the money to do so.

Rosa lives in a different part of the city – a hairdresser by day, a bar worker at night. She and her younger sister Grace too dream of a life elsewhere, in their case in Italy, and time is somewhat pressing as Grace is pregnant. Where to find the money though, or the right papers? Rosa gets involved with the wrong people.

In their feature debut, twins Arie and Chuko Esiri present a true picture of everyday life in Lagos, a city where the road to a better life is fraught with many obstacles. A comparison with the work of the Dardenne brothers is obvious – and rightly so.