Two documentaries by American filmmakers that depict the common links and differences between Nigeria and America were showcased to inspire Nigerian youths in Lagos on Monday.
The two film documentaries were sponsored by the University of Southern California’s School for Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, and by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
While giving his opening remarks, the Public Affairs Officer in the Consulate, Darcy Zotter noted that the 2016 American Film Showcase was in collaboration with Eko International Film Festival, Ozone Cinemas, and SilverBird Galleria with whom he said they have enjoyed tremendous working relationship.
According to him “These films are wonderful films. They deliver powerful stories of American and global youth overcoming social, cultural, business, and personal growth challenges”.
The first film is tittled Code Girl by Leslie Chilcott. CodeGirl follows girls from rural Moldova, urban Brazil and suburban Massachusetts in the United States, all trying to win a world.
The second film, I’m Not Racist…Am I? It’s about twelve New York teens examining racism in a year of intense workshops.
Mr Zotter specifically eulogised Hope Opara (Founder, Eko International Film Festival) and Madu Chikwendu (Convener of Nigeria Motion Picture Experts NIMPEG 1, and CEO of MCM Group).