Lizard 2020

Akinola Davies / UK, Nigeria / 18 mins / English / Rating PG

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Juwon, an 8-year-old girl with an ability to sense danger gets ejected from Sunday school service. She unwittingly witnesses the underbelly in and around a Mega Church in Lagos.

Screening as part of the short film competition. Vote for your favourite!

About the Director

Akinola Davies Jr is a moving image director currently based out of London. His work spans nations, continents and speaks to a broader, global audience, one not obsessed by borders and nationhood. London-based artist Akinola Davies' is many things – radio host, DJ, club night co-founder, but predominantly known as a filmmaker, with a focus on the social and political.

In 2017, he created an homage to his Nigerian heritage for Kenzo alongside photographer Ruth Ossai and stylist Ibrahim Kamara, titled Gidi Gidi Bu Ugwu Ze, (“Unity is Strength”). With its beautiful, kaleidoscopic use of colour, the film spotlighted the liberated essence of Nigerian Igbo youth culture, following a beauty pageant celebrating traditional Nigerian customs. Previously, he started up the Nigerian Lives Matter movement, which went on to gain the support of Skepta.

Davies opened his first solo show “Bootleg” at Art Basel in Switzerland, where he shot girls in knock-off Chanel hijabs to show how luxury and fake items are received in different contexts. He’s also directed music videos for the likes of Larry B and Mischa Mafia with whom he co-runs PDA.

Past Showings

Friday 15th October 2021 / 7:30pm for 17 days / Online

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