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Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage, enjoys a happy childhood in Lincolnshire, where he is raised by doting foster mother Mary and surrounded by a tight-knit group of friends—until his real mom reclaims him and deposits him into a much different life in her small inner-London flat. With little emotional bond to his mother and no remembrance of their cultural heritage, Femi struggles to adapt. As he acclimates to his new environment, Femi hardens himself, pulling away from the wishes of both of his “mothers” and forging ahead in a brazen attempt to build his own identity.

Writer/director Shola Amoo (whose short Dear Mr. Shakespeare screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival) pairs a lived-in honesty with a fresh, exciting stylistic panache in this depiction of the crooked—and at times perilous—path to manhood. The lyrical texture of Amoo’s filmmaking both visually and aurally expresses the changes in Femi’s internal state, while this unflinchingly unsentimental coming-of-age film consistently defies our expectations of what will happen next.

Closed Captioned (CC) features available for this film.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY World Cinema Dramatic Competition

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 99 min

COMPANY Great Point Media

EMAIL ncirjanic@greatpointmedia.com

PHONE +44 2038730043


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Artist Bio

Shola Amoo

Shola Amoo’s debut feature, A Moving Image, had its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival and received the Special Recognition: Narrative award at the Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia. It was released theatrically in the UK in April 2017 through Verve Pictures. Amoo's short film, a reinterpretation of Othello called Dear Mr. Shakespeare, was selected in competition for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.