At this year’s BlackStar Cinema Festival, the world’s largest festival of Black, Brown, and Indigenous film and video artists, Nigerian feature film Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) won Best Feature Narrative.
The Jurors, comprised of Dagmawi Woubshet, Rajendra Roy, and Tayarisha Poe, declared Eyimofe winner of the category while resenting this year with principal sponsor Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) is a beautifully shot, vibrant film whose cinematography believes fully in its environment, and carries an acting style that captures a complete snapshot of life in a place.”
While Suneil Sanzgiri’s Letter From Your Far-Off Country won Best Experimental Film, Dear Philadelphia by Renee Maria Osubu and Elena Michèle Stephenson won Best Short Documentary, Lizard by Akinola Davies Jr. won Best Short Narrative, and Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s Writing With Fire won Best Feature Documentary.
This year’s BlackStar Film Festival featured approximately 80 films from 27 countries, including 19 world premieres. This year, BlackStar was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for both short documentary and short narrative films, in addition to delivering a variety of live programs, conferences, and select in-person events and screenings.