Phone Swap

Phone Swap

Downloadable Video - 2015
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Akin and Mary meet for the first time at Lagos airport where they accidentally run into each other and mistakenly swap their identical phones. This in turn also leads to a cross wiring of travel destinations. Consequently, Akin ends up travelling to where Mary is supposed to go and vice-versa. Neither knows about the swap until they have reached their opposite destinations. In Mary's case 'her' phone (Akin's) stops ringing whereas 'Akin's' (Mary's) phone won't stop ringing. As a result, armed with the information and data on each other's phone, they agree to help carry out each other's mission. New obstacles and complications arise at every turn as they both struggle to adapt to their alien environments. "They're calling you "the Scorsese of Lagos" - no pressure then. That's what the New York Times recently headlined its piece, and Kunle Afolayan's ambitions to shake up the industry now known (more great expectations) as Nollywood. With three films under his belt since he started directing in 2005 - which, by frantic west-African standards, makes him more the Kubrick of Lagos - the 38-year-old has become a byword for elevated quality: shooting on 35mm, releasing in cinemas, trying to improve on horribly stilted Nollywood formulas that seem to place more emphasis on gaudy soft furnishings than on dialogue and camerawork. Actually, Afolayan would prefer it if you called him the Mel Gibson of Lagos. "I always show Apocalypto to my crew, because of the language thing. I say to them: 'You don't necessarily have to shoot your film in English for it to be good. You can do Swahili, you can do any language, you can even do no language at all.'" Gibson's not an obvious renaissance-man idol - but crossing boundaries, having international aspirations, is the path forward for Afolayan and what is becoming known as the New Nollywood. The old Nollywood had no time for film festivals. When I speak to the director, he's just touched down in Amsterdam for the Africa in the Picture jamboree, where he is shopping his comedy drama Phone Swap. Next up is London, for the Film Africa festival." - The Guardian.
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] :, Kanopy Streaming,, 2015.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file)
Additional Contributors: Afoloyan, Kunle
Kanopy (Firm)


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