One week only, July 30–August 5

A triumph at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, the revelatory debut feature from codirectors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria. Shot on richly textured 16mm film and infused with the spirit of neorealism, EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE) traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers — Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister — as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe while bumping up against the harsh economic realities of a world in which every interaction is a transaction. From these intimate stories emerges a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos, whose social fabric is captured in all its vibrancy and complexity. (Note courtesy of Janus Films.) Winner, Best Fiction, New Directors Competition, 2020 São Paulo International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2020 Berlin, London and AFI FEST film festivals; 2021 New African Film Festival. DIR/PROD Arie Esri; DIR/SCR/PROD Chuko Esiri; PROD Melissa O. Adeyemo. Nigeria, 2020, color, 116 min. In English and Pidgin English with English subtitles. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.

Co-presented by Africa World Now Project.

116 Minutes