Sunday, November 6, 2016

'76 is the Best Nigerian Film in Cinematography

'76 is the Best Nigerian Film in Cinematography

76, a Nigerian historical period drama directed by multiple award winning Nigerian filmmaker, Izu Ojukwu who is called the Steven Spielberg of Nigeria is rated the best Nigerian film for outstanding achievement in cinematography.
 He shot the film on Super 16mm and it is one of the few films in Nigeria where more than 95% of the movies are videos in the popular Nollywood genre.

Set six years after the civil war, a young officer from the Middle Belt gets into a romantic relationship with an O-level student from the South-eastern region. However, their relationship is strained by constant military postings. The soldier gets accused of being involved in the 1976 unsuccessful military coup and assassination of General Murtala Muhammed, and the heavily pregnant wife, gets entangled in an emotional dilemma.

The historical account in '76 went through a seven-month approval period at the Nigerian Military before filming started. The film which is set in the '70s was shot in Ibadan, Oyo.

'76 premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

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