The Line-Up © Victor Okhai

The Line-Up © Victor Okhai

The Line-Up

Directed by Folasakin Iwajomo
Language: English/Pidgin English/Yoruba
Subtitles: English

How far would you go to pay for your sister’s life-saving operation?

Ten men in a taxi, strangers to each other, head to an unusual line-up, where they must strip and subject themselves to blindfolds and inspection by a mysterious woman and her charge. Only seven go home that night, big money in their pockets. But what of the other three? The ritual is replayed again and again, and the attrition continues. For one man the rumours of how much ‘the chosen’ make spurs him on – he is desperate for the money to pay for his sister’s operation. But what is the price of being chosen? Iwajomo’s spooky, disturbing film confronts the perils of the poverty trap and the abuse of the desperate, in an allegory for the exploited.

Folasakin Iwajomo © Victor Okhai

Directed by Folasakin Iwajomo

Iwajomo teaches video editing at his alma mater, the International Film and Broadcast Academy, in Lagos. His first short film, Blood On My Hands won the best short film award at the Goethe Institut Lagos short film night, and the same film was nominated at the Durban International Film Festival in 2010. His second short, Not Today, won best screenplay at the In-Short Film Festival in 2011. He also won the MTV Shuga one minute short film competition on HIV/AIDS with his film Point Blank.

Victor Okhai © Victor Okhai

Produced by Victor Okhai

Victor Okhai, one of the founders of the Directors Guild of Nigeria, is a scriptwriter, cinematographer, producer and director. He co-produced and was assistant director on the 16mm film Zanani, the MNET series Doctors’ Quarters, the BBC series African Dream and several Nollywood productions. Victor has sat on several international film festival juries including FESPACO, Abuja, Schnitt, Cairo and Gofest. A leading light in Nollywood, he is in great demand as a film teacher and a speaker on the Nollywood phenomenon.

Kemi Adesoye © supplied by Kemi Adesoye

Writer: Kemi Adesoye

Kemi Adesoye is a prolific screenplay writer based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the writer of several short films and TV series such as Endemol’s Doctors’ Quarters and Edge of Paradise. Kemi penned the feature films The Figurine, which won over five AMAA awards, and Phone Swap which won the best screenplay award at the 2013 Nollywood Movie Awards. She won the 2007 Lagos Business School Pan Africa Screenwriting Competition and recently functioned as head writer on Shuga, a series produced by MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation.

© International Film & Broadcast Academy Lagos

Additional funders

With support from Nigerian Film Corporation Lagos and International Film & Broadcast Academy Lagos.

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