American Corner to Screen Femi Amogunla’s The Bargain on December 4
As part of the United Nation’s The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, American Corner, the Nigerian Society for International Arts and Culture, Firm Media Production and Liveinibadan.com join the world to stand against gender-based violence.
The 16 Days of Activism is a yearly international campaign that runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), to 10 December (Human Rights Day). The Bargain is apt to raise awareness about these issues because it chronicles a woman’s life, from childhood to adulthood.
“I think that film has power not only to inform but to transform. Many will see themselves in film characters and I think much more than whine about the abuse that happens in marriages, it is important to do something. This is my own little something,” says Amogunla Femi, the producer of the short film.
The film screening will be followed by a conversation on the many manifestations of violence against women in the society.
Venue: American Corner, Jericho, Ibadan
Date: December 4, 2015
About The Bargain
The Bargain is a short film that chronicles the life of a Nigerian woman from childhood to adulthood. It shows the many manifestations of gender-based violence against her; this violence resonates with many Nigerian women. The film is about how the Nigerian woman negotiates her existence daily, the way she bargains with reality, with stereotypes. It is a call from one woman to another on the price they place on their lives, on their value. It also raises questions: what are the lessons women learn while paying this price? How much or with what will you trade your worth?
Dr. Olayinka Egbokhare teaches Communication and Language Arts at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan. She is the author of the widely acclaimed novel Dazzling Mirage which was adapted for screen by Mainframe Productions.
Ifeoluwapo Adeniyi is an On-Air-Personality at SplashFm; she is also the author of On the Bank of the River which is on the longlist of the Etisalat Prize for Fiction, 2015. She loves literature and has a penchant for socio-economic and political issues.
Edem Ossai is a Lawyer, development practitioner and founder, MAYEIN (Mentors Assistance for Youths & Entrepreneurs Initiative). Edem received a Commonwealth prize in 2013 for her Essay on the role of women in leadership and entrepreneurship.
Abiade Abiola is a lawyer with an interest in women’s human rights, children’s rights, sexual and gender-based violence and alternative dispute resolution. She is also the founder of Human of Substance Empowerment Initiative.
Femi Amogunla is an award-winning multimedia artist who works with stories, photography and film. His poem My name, My Identity was curated, produced and performed as part of the 30 Nigeria House Project during the 2012 Olympics. In 2014, he was commissioned as one of the official photographers for the #VoteNotFight# campaign in Oyo State. His photography has also been featured in Kuramo Report.
When Femi is not writing or producing, he takes a shot at the world with photography. The Bargain is his first short film.