‘Conversations from the Past’ short film premieres at Alliance Francaise in Lagos

“Conversations from the Past: Sara Forbes Bonetta & Efunorye Tinubu,” a short film which transports viewers back to 1863, where two formidable women from Nigeria’s past engage in a compelling dialogue about the complexities of the slave trade, is set to premiere this Sunday, April 7th, at Alliance Francaise, Victoria Island, Lagos. 

Penned by renowned author Tunde Leye, the film imagines a conversation between Efunroye Tinubu, a wealthy merchant, aristocrat and slave trader and Sara Forbes Bonetta, the Nigerian-born god-daughter to Queen Victoria of England and a former slave. 

Set against the backdrop of Madam Tinubu’s keep, the narrative delves into the perspectives of both the seller and the sold, offering a thought-provoking exploration of a dark chapter in history.

Helmed by director Adesola Oni, whose previous works have garnered international acclaim, and produced by Damilola Aleje, a statement says the film promises to captivate audiences with its rich storytelling and stellar production quality. With a talented cast led by Fadekemi Olumide Aluko and Kuchi Chris in the roles of Tinubu and Bonetta, respectively, the film brings these historical figures to life with authenticity and depth.

“This film is not just about entertainment; it’s about honouring the legacy of these remarkable women and shedding light on important issues that still resonate today,” says Aleje, who also serves as co-founder of Village People Media, the production company behind the project.

“Conversations from the Past” is more than just a film; it’s a testament to the power of storytelling to provoke dialogue, inspire empathy, and spark change as well as an opportunity to experience history come alive on the silver screen. 

As audiences gather for the premiere, they can expect to be transported on a journey that is as enlightening as it is unforgettable.



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