Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

Colourful ensemble film by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri about the bustling Nigerian metropolis Lagos; a metropolis where many dream of a life elsewhere.

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The two parts of EYIMOFE are entitled ‘Spain’ and ‘Italy’. The European countries remain invisible as we follow the stories of Mofe, a factory technician, and Rosa, a hairdresser, in Lagos. A passport, photos and a visa form recurring, yet still marginal elements in each part of the film, while the daily lives of the protagonists are described in detail. Their misfortunes are not narrated in overly dramatic fashion and seem normal as such, sketching out the need to leave Nigeria and accompanying problems. At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. EYIMOFE speaks of these entanglements with emphatic patience, which grow ever tighter. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things and far away from them at the same time.

Arie & Chuko Esiri, Nigeria, 2020, 116 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Tomiwa Edun, Jacob Alexander, Cynthia Ebijie.