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Nollywood in Hollywood 2021 Presents: EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)

September 11, 2021, 1:00 P.M. PDT

Live Online Webinar

Nollywood in Hollywood 2021 Presents
A Live Online Screening of


Directed by Arie & Chuko
Written by Chuko Esiri
Produced by Melissa Adeyemo, Arie Esiri, and Chuko Esiri

Followed by a Q&A with Arie Esiri and Melissa Adeyemo

1:00 P.M. PDT on Saturday, September 11th, 2021


The screening of Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) (116 minutes)
will be shared directly in the Webinar.

About Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

A triumph at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, the revelatory debut feature from codirectors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria. Shot on richly textured 16 mm film and infused with the spirit of neorealism, Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers—Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister—as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe while bumping up against the harsh economic realities of a world in which every interaction is a transaction. From these intimate stories emerges a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos, whose social fabric is captured in all its vibrancy and complexity.

Provided courtesy of Janus Films. Running time: 116 minutes.

About the Guests

ARIE ESIRI (Co-Director, Producer)

Arie and Chuko Esiri were born thirty minutes apart in Warri, Nigeria. When they were growing up in their country’s capital, Lagos, their mother would put a padlock on the television in an attempt to make them more studious. Twenty years later, though, both of them enrolled in film schools: Arie graduated from Columbia University, and Chuko from New York University. During their time in New York City, the young filmmakers collaborated on a pair of short films: Besida, which premiered at the sixty-eighth Berlinale in 2018, and Goose, presented at the LA Film Festival in 2017. Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) is their first feature film.


Melissa is an independent producer and the founder of Ominira Studios, a global production and entertainment consulting firm. Melissa produces content by and about the global African diaspora, in the hopes of showcasing the complexity and expansiveness of black people’s lives in the dopest way possible. Melissa is currently working on her first documentary feature titled Dusty & Stones. She is a 2020 IFP Cannes Producers Network Fellow and a 2020 Creative Producers Indaba Fellow. Her first feature, Eyimofe, premiered at the 2020 Berlinale Film Festival. Melissa started her career in film on Spike Lee’s Inside Man and Steven Spielberg’s Munich. She graduated with an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and with a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University.

About Nollywood in Hollywood 2021

Nollywood in Hollywood is a celebration of Nigeria’s growing cinema. From very inauspicious beginnings about twenty-five years ago, the industry grew to be the second largest in the world in terms of output. It is estimated that over 1,000 films are produced in Nollywood every year, most of them direct to video. In recent years, Nollywood films have garnered critical acclaim and have been exhibited at top film festivals. Founded by Nigerian-American filmmaker, Ose Oyamendan and co-presented by O2A Media, Inc. alongside the School of Cinematic Arts and the American Cinematheque, programming at the Aero Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Los Feliz 3 Theatre. NOLLYWOOD IN HOLLYWOOD 2021 is the fourth edition of our annual exhibition of Nigeria's best films.

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