Egúngún + Eyimofe — by Recognition
film black history month
WE 16.03 20:30
TH 17.03 19:00 online aftertalk

EGÚNGÚN (Masquerade)

Directed by Olive Nwosu
Nigeria, 2021, 14 min

In search of healing, a young woman returns home, to Nigeria, the country of her birth.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olive Nwosu is a BAFTA Pigott 2020 Scholar, Alex Sichel Fellow at Columbia University School of the Arts, and one of four ‘African Promises’ directors selected by the Institut Français. Olive has written and directed two award-winning short films.

TROUBLEMAKER (2019), set in eastern Nigeria and featuring entirely non-actors, played in over 20 film festivals worldwide. The film received a 2020 National Board of Review Student Award, was nominated for ‘Best Short Film’ at Raindance, and toured France as a collection of African films curated by Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival. The film is distributed by Dedza Films and Kino Lorber and is now streaming on the Criterion Channel.

Olive’s second film, EGÚNGÚN (MASQUERADE) (2021) was commissioned by the British Council and British Film Institute for their MoreFilms4Freedom programme. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was nominated for ‘Best British Short Film’ by BIFA, won the ‘Best Short Film’ Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival and was selected at Sundance. It is represented by Ouat Media.

EYIMOFE (This is My Desire) 

Directed by Arie & Chuko Esiri
Nigeria, 2020, 116 min
Tragedy and fate intervene as two Nigerians try to better the lives of their families.
Eyimofe is a film about two people’s quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores. After Mofe loses his family and Rosa fails to deliver on a promise, their travel plans collapse forcing them to reconsider living abroad. As time passes and wounds heal, they learn the future they desperately seek can be built at home.
Arie and Chuko Esiri were born 30 minutes apart in Warri, Nigeria. Growing up in Lagos their mother would put a padlock on the TV in a misguided attempt to make them more studious.
20 years later both would enroll at film school. Arie graduated from Columbia University and Chuko NYU. During their time in New York they collaborated on a pair of short films; Besida which premiered at the 68th Berlinale, and Goose, at the LA Film Festival. Eyimofe is their first feature film.
After talk on Zoom with director Arie Esiri on Thursday 17.03 at 19:00, moderated by Rachael Moore.

Meeting ID: 828 9182 2307
Passcode: 201156


Recognition is a Brussels-based initiative with an aim of increasing the visibility of African and African diaspora art, literature and culture via community-based film screenings, workshops and expositions. It is an effort to identify, remember and acknowledge the work that has for so long been marginalized and left on the sidelines from mainstream media. Recognition was founded in 2016 by Lyse Ishimwe Nsengiyumva. Film screenings take place every month at various cinemas and cultural institutions in Brussels. The program focuses on films by and about people of African descent.


If you would like to attend any of the screenings but do not have the financial means to do so, please send an email to

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