Portrait of a lone farmer

“Portrait of a lone farmer” is now available for streaming at DA Films.
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Also available at Kweli.tv

In the 1970s, filmmaker Jide Akinleminu’s parents – a Danish woman and a Nigerian man – fell in love, moved to Nigeria and started a family. When they moved back to Denmark 16 years later, it became clear that the father, a farmer by trade, could not find work on the continent. In this moving debut, the filmmaker explores the consequences of his family’s painful separation. On a rare visit to Nigeria, Akinleminu follows his father as he goes about his work, trying to picture the life he’s led these years they’ve been apart. Akinleminu watches with tenderness toward his subject and an eye for the beauty in the everyday, crafting a visually rich portrait of a man and his environment. But between the spacey soundtrack and the farmer’s loaded looks, there’s something elusive about hat the filmmaker wants to capture, something unsayable he wants to understand. –
Rachel Lazar / NOFF

Director & Camera: Jide Akinleminu
Production: Labosinmi Films / dffb

Length: 76min
Screening format: DCP
Germany, Nigeria, Denmark 2013

Festivals and Awards:

– CPH:DOX 2013, Denmark – Nordic Competition
– Torino Film Festival 2013, Italy – International Competition
Won the “Cipputi Award” with following mention: “An intimate and delicate film that used the camera like a device capable of depicting a father and a son, a farmer and a filmmaker, across two continents, Europe and Africa. The work of one and the other look at one another, meeting, trying to understand each other and express themselves.” Video here.
– iREP Filmfestival, Lagos, Nigeria – March 2014
– DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada – May 2014,
– SPOTfestival, Århus, Denmark – May 2014 – Main Competition
– AFRICAN MOVIE ACADEMY AWARD in May 2014, Nigeria, awarded with “Best Documentary”
– 16th Zimbabwe International Film Festival, October 2014 – Awarded with “Best Director” in the documentary category
– 38. Duisburger Filmwoche, Germany, November 2014 – Awarded with “3Sat Award” for Best Documentary, Jury motivation here (in German).
– 4th Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Calabar, Nigeria, November 2014 – In competition
– Uhuru – Mostra de Cinema Africano Pós-Independência, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2014
– Pan African Film & Arts Festival, Los Angeles, US – February 2015
– New York African Film Festival, USA – May 2015
– DokKa Documentary Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany – June 2015, awarded with “DokKa Förderpreis”
– Lubuskie Film Summer – Lagow, Poland – 2015
– African Diaspora Cinema, Cologne Germany – September 2015
– New Orleans Film Festival, USA – October 2015
– Afro Ruhr Festival / Kino im U, Dortmund, Germany – May 2016
– Kino aus Nigeria / Kino Nische Winterthur, Switzerland – March 2017

TV Broadcast:

German TV-Premiere on November 11th 2015 on 3Sat
Sub-Saharan African TV screenings in February 2016 via Afridocs / ED DStv 190 & GOtv65

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