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Watch glitz, glamour and more of redcarpet at Apeje movie premiere in UK

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On Friday, June 2, 2023, all roads led to the exquisite premiere of the much anticipated movie APEJE (The Banquet).

It was truly an evening of glitz, glamour and class as all the guests adorned their Nigerian traditional wears, which was the theme of the event.

The movie premiere was attended by the who is who of the United Kingdom Nollywood industry with guests flying in from Nigeria, USA and Canada for the private screening of the movie.

APEJE (THE BANQUET) is an epic movie shot in Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria, and it is the fourth feature movie by the fast rising UK based Nollywood movie production outfit, Bluecheek Productions.

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Synopsis

ÀPÈJẸ is a story of love, betrayal, nemesis and many more. The storyline is about a king at a crossroads on what to do with his wife, who out of anger, went against the law of the land.

Must Olori be punished? Or is it a trap? The movie will be released for global viewing in July 2023.

See video from the movie premiere above.

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Grand Premiere of ‘Behind The Veil’ – A Toyin Moore and Jader Group Production

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Prepare for an extraordinary cinematic experience as the highly anticipated movie, ‘Behind The Veil,’ produced by Toyin Moore and Jader Group, makes its grand debut.

This captivating film unveils a rich narrative that takes viewers on a cultural journey intertwined with a modern African diaspora lifestyle.

ALSO READ: TY Moore Concept releases feature movie, DE RIN (Watch Here)

Scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the Tramshed in London, this premiere promises an evening of entertainment, culture, and intrigue.

The movie unveils a story that delves into the life of Rebecca, who appeared to have it all – love, wealth, and the perfect marriage. However, ‘Behind The Veil’ hints at something concealed beneath the surface, ready to surprise and captivate audiences.

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The film boasts a stellar cast, featuring renowned actors such as Rotimi Salami, Khadijah, Alistair Soyode, Toyin Moore, Dapo Opayinka, and others, adding depth and authenticity to the compelling storyline.

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in this cultural and modern blend, set against the backdrop of the African diaspora.

Secure your spot for this exciting premiere, where dinner and drinks are included in the ticket price of £50.

For ticket reservations, visit https://btvmovie.eventbrite.co.uk.

‘Behind The Veil’ is brought to you by executive producers Dr. Alistair Shoyode and Oluwatoyin Moore, with Molly Soleye as the Production Manager.

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This event is made possible with the support of media partners Nollytrailers TV and Nollytrailers.com.

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Rotimi Salami, Dapo Opayinka, others on redcarpet as Apeje (The Banquet) premieres in UK

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On Friday, June 2, 2023, all roads led to the exquisite premiere of the much anticipated movie APEJE (The Banquet).

It was truly an evening of glitz, glamour and class as all the guests adorned their Nigerian traditional wears, which was the theme of the event.

The movie premiere was attended by the who is who of the United Kingdom Nollywood industry with guests flying in from Nigeria, USA and Canada for the private screening of the movie.

APEJE (THE BANQUET) is an epic movie shot in Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria, and it is the fourth feature movie by the fast rising UK based Nollywood movie production outfit, Bluecheek Productions.

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Synopsis

ÀPÈJẸ is a story of love, betrayal, nemesis and many more. The storyline is about a king at a crossroads on what to do with his wife, who out of anger, went against the law of the land.

Must Olori be punished? Or is it a trap? The movie will be released for global viewing in July 2023.

See photos from the movie premiere below.

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Philly filmmaker Walé Oyéjidé captures the beauty of Blackness in his debut feature

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Philly filmmaker Walé Oyéjidé is photographed tin South Philadelphia, Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Oyéjidé directed a feature that will premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. "Bravo, Burkina" is a film about migration, love and loss, emotions that Oyéjidé said are universal in scope.Read moreJose F. Moreno / Staff Photographer

No matter the medium, filmmaker Walé Oyéjidé captures the beauty of Blackness in his artistic pursuits, and embraces his Nigerian heritage and wears it for the world to see.

Oyéjidé weaves the threads of his lineage with style as a clothing designer. And as a musician and photographer, he expresses it in song and image. Now, he shines a light on the Black experience and its lyrical allure with his debut feature, Bravo, Burkina!, set to premiere, in-person and online, at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday.

Written and directed by Oyéjidé, the film is a story of a Burkinabè boy who flees his village to start anew in a small Italian city, later traveling back in time to regain what he lost from his voyage. Beyond a tale of migration, the project explores love, loss, and discovery, themes Oyéjidé said resonate with people from all walks of life.

“It’s an immigrant story. It’s an outsider story. It’s a love story. It’s got time travel. It’s got a bunch of darts thrown at the board, and I think there’s a lot for people to connect with,” Oyéjidé, a Landsdowne resident, said. “It’s also unabashedly a beautiful African story. As much as you love Martin Scorsese’s fantastic Italian films, there’s room for this, too.”

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A still from Bravo, Burkina! by Walé Oyéjidé, an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
A still from Bravo, Burkina! by Walé Oyéjidé, an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.Jake Saner

A part of his own story brought to the big screen

Like the film’s main character, Aimé, Oyéjidé was born in West Africa and became an immigrant of the world, growing up largely in Nigeria and the Middle East. As a teen, he and his family moved to Atlanta before settling in Philly, where Oyéjidé graduated from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2010.

It’s a story that’s present in all of his work.

“My upbringing as an immigrant to America has informed all of my artwork and the way I see the world,” Oyéjidé said. “I’m always appreciative of the privilege and benefit of moving to this great country. But I’m also aware of the sacrifices many make so they can come here and the many loved ones they leave behind.”

From Philly lawyer to film director

While practicing as a defense litigator, Oyéjidé began exploring his love of menswear, eventually starting his own West African-inspired fashion brand, Ikiré Jones, with long-time collaborator Sam Hubler in 2012. Their eye for couture led to their first foray into the movie industry when Marvel Entertainment tapped the duo to make costumes for 2018′s Black Panther.

Black Panther was, before this, probably the biggest thing that people would be aware of our work for, and we’re grateful for all the attention and all the opportunities we got,” he said. “It gave me proximity and a chance to do more things.”

That included filmmaking.

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“For those of us from immigrant backgrounds, there tends to be a strong emphasis on walking familiar and well-trodden paths — like being a physician or lawyer. Becoming a director wasn’t something I imagined in my youth. But in retrospect, my previous careers as an attorney, a musician, and a designer have all dovetailed here,” he said. “The films have become my arguments. The audience has become my jury.”

Filmmaking as an inevitable path

For the 12-day shoot, Oyéjidé and a small crew flew to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Bologna, Italy, operating a run-and-gun production with limited resources and an airtight schedule.

“He’s brilliant,” said Hubler, who helmed the audio of the film. “He went in with a pretty set script this time, but he’s also very good at kind of working with what is presented to him — the situation on what’s available on the day and working the story around certain circumstances.”

While the film is a “global effort,” the filmmaker insisted that the production wouldn’t have happened without “the help of Philadelphia’s film community” that supported the film through its production journey.

Giulia Alagna, who worked as a producer on Bravo, Burkina!, said the way Oyéjidé is able to take on other creative mediums is a lost art and reminiscent of iconic artists of the past.

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“I always tell him, ‘You’re a real Renaissance man and you’re not even from Italy,’” she said. “Whether it’s poetry, photography, or directing a film, nothing seems unsurmountable to him … and he conquers them all.”

Oyéjidé believes that it’s important for Black storytellers to showcase the vastness of the Black experience — within U.S. borders and beyond.

“I think the challenge now becomes, if you are choosing to make art that comes from this cultural perspective, we all need to challenge ourselves to just fly higher, be braver, and go to places that we haven’t seen,” he said.

“Bravo, Burkina!” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 24 and can be streamed online. For information on upcoming screenings, visit bravoburkina.com.

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