Nollywood ace director and producer, Yemi Amodu has called on his teaming fans to watch out for his new movie titled, ”Shadow Parties”. The highly anticipated flick stars Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Yemi Blaq, Ken Erics, Jibola Dabo, Rachael Okonkwo, Toyin Aimakhu, Segun Arinze, Jide Kosoko and the hosts of others.
Mr Amodu who is the writer, director and producer of the movie stated that the theme of the movie is love but predicated upon communal war involving two towns, Iludun and Aje towns.
”The movie is about people that had lived peacefully for several decades but suddenly turned enemies, resulting in deaths of many people and displacement of numerous others, majority of them women and children. It is a story of an Army officer in whose unfortunate fostering was caused by the killing of his parents through his kinsmen from Aje town because his father is an Iludun man and they lived in Aje where his mother hailed from when a war later broke out between these two communities.
He was subsequently left with a surviving sister and both grew up in a very hard and harrowing way. Unfortunately, the fratricidal war broke out again and claimed his sister Arike. He however expected the government to nip the the pogrom in the bud and bring the perpetrators to justice, having suffered many misfortunes, but when the authority failed, Owuteru in his wisdom believed it is logical for me to get involved in the war and avenge the killings of his parents and his only surviving sister. There was also a vicious plot to abduct Princess Fadekemi (Omotola), an Aje Princess, who arrived the country for a conference. This eventually marked the beginning of a lasting solution to the conflict that has claimed several lives and properties.” Amodu narrated
Whilst commenting on quality of artistes that featured in his new movie that is near completion, Mr Amodu informed that, “My casts were carefully selected, and I make bold to say they professionally displayed competence in the delivery of their roles which worked perfectly in line with the dictates of the script. Their tolerance, professional prowess, and cooperation during the period of the shooting in Lagos as well as Ibadan can never be taken for granted. We had an atmosphere where diverse professional and ingenious inputs were made by these seasoned actors which I must say contributed greatly to the success of the production.”
In addition, Mr Amodu disclosed that the movie was funded through Nollyfund scheme, an initiative of Bank of Industry. He also declared that high-tech equipment and qualified crew members were deployed to the locations of the movie so as to meet the demands of wide spectrum of audience and contemporary industry standard.
“High quality equipments that meets the industry’s standard in resolution and digital output were used for the production with qualified hands as members of the technical crew.
“It is also important to note that this production was funded by the Bank of Industry through Nollyfund Scheme, a special purpose vehicle specifically designed to support and sustain creative industry in Nigeria. I am happy to say the content of my story which is adjudged to be of benefit to the unity of Nigeria and capable of discouraging the youths from defiant behaviours made the unbiased members of the screening panel to single my work out for positive consideration.”
He further stressed that government, security agents, scholars and other stakeholders in conflict resolution have a lot to learn from the movie.
In his words:
”I have no doubt within me that this movie will be useful to scholars especially historians, political scientists, peace educators and conflict resolution experts. And I must say it will serve as strategic importance to the Nigerian government particularly in the area of conflict resolution. It will also help policy makers to be proactive in detecting early conflict, manage early escalation of conflict and ensure peaceful relations among various ethnic groups in Nigeria.
And of course there are other intrigues and lessons in the movie which highlighted consequences of conflict and the dangers it portends for the purveyors and sponsors. I urge all my fans to look out for ”Shadow Parties” which will hit the cinemas very soon” Amodu said