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Nd/Nf Review: Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) is a Somber Diptych of Nigerian Lives

Nd/Nf Review: Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) is a Somber Diptych of Nigerian Lives

Home is profoundly where the heartache is in Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), a finely wrought, wistful but mildly unsatisfying debut feature by Nigerian-raised, New York-educated twins Arie and Chuko Esiri. Tracking two resilient Lagos residents, in sequential order, united by one goal––to illegally migrate in search of a better life––the film occasionally feels akin to an immaculately put-together class assignment, over-mindful of the reaction of an end user or assessor, rather than a risky, personality-infused piece of art.

When a real-world locale or environment comes to global notoriety, as Lagos has––one of the world’s fastest-growing cities, with an overall metropolitan population of over 20 million––you can expect art-making and cultural depictions to keep pace. There is of course the burgeoning local film industry, known informally as Nollywood, but its output is little-seen internationally; its indigenous music, such as the ’70s Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the contemporary,

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