WHEN A FARM GOES AFLAME

Logline: A tale about my mother and brothers from other mothers

Director: Jide Akinleminu
Editor: Maja Tennstedt
Producer: Florian Schewe, Film Five GmbH
Feature length documentary
Official Selection at Berlinale 2021 – Perspektive Deutsches Kino

A  filmmaker completes his debut film: A reflection on his parents assumed monogamous long distance marriage as well as his own Nigerian background and identity. He thereafter accidentally discovers his father’s secret; a second family throughout the last 30 years. This revelation sends the filmmaker on a new quest, now focusing on his retired Danish mother and his newly acquainted younger Nigerian half brother.  When a farm goes aflame  is set in the aftermath of a lifetime of secrecy and denial, and attempts to bring together the stories and beliefs of all protagonists as they come to terms with their common past and shape their future. Moving fluidly between Denmark, Nigeria, Canada and USA, the film gently unfolds as a poetic and psychologically complex exploration of the meeting between western and African concepts of love, relationships and family. 

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