Walking with Shadows
In coming to terms with his sexuality, Adrian is forced to choose between a compromised existence and the life that he would like to lead.
Dir-Scr Aoife O’Kelly
Prod Funmi Iyanda, Olumide F Makanjuola, Victoria Thomas, Xeenarh Mohammed
With Ozzy Agu, Zainab Balogun, Funlola Aofiyebi Raimi
Sales Rushlake Media GmbH
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)
Ebele Njoko (Ozzy Agu) has been running all his life. A search for acceptance and love from his family has led him to recreate himself as Adrian – respected father, husband and brother. When his mask is cruelly stripped away, Adrian’s world rapidly unravels. Adapted from Jude Dibia’s award-winning and critically acclaimed novel, Aoife O’Kelly’s articulate and sensitive film deftly discards the sensational for a depiction of queer Nigeria presented with care and incisive observation. The film is anchored by heartfelt performances from Ozzy Agu and Zainab Balogun as Ada, Adrian’s wife. Together, they explore a painful rift in a loving bond. Adrian’s quiet resilience throughout underlines the necessity for one to be self-loving, despite the cost.