I struggled with where to include this one but I think it fits nicely in the diaspora category. Stella Damasus is a popular Nigerian actress who relocated to the United States. Interestingly, this film was shot in Atlanta with a mostly white cast and a Nollywood actress as lead, so it’s not quite Nollywood. It could just as easily be a Tyler Perry film though, and its refreshing to see a well made independednt film from Nigerian producers.
Between, is about a recently divorced marriage counselor who gets tangled in a new love romance and then the movie takes us on a bunch of twist and turns. Sorry no spoilers here, because you can actually watch the film for free right here by clicking on the video link below. It is refreshing to see an African immigrant portrayed as a regular person fully acclimated to their new environment rather than still an outsider/foreigner?
The acting is very good and just goes to show how much we have missed Stella from the Nollywood big screens, so it is nice to see her continuing on with her acting in the US.
One of the things I found particularly annoying with this movie was that the color grading was not consistent at all, oftentimes the red and greens were very strong to the point that in some scenes it made the leading male white character look like he was wearing lipstick or and in other scenes just pale enough to be a playing a sick ghost. I guess they were struggling to get the grading right to match the different skin tones of both leads as well as compensate for low light shots.
I like that there are small African touches here and there though; like the house furniture and the inclusion of one or 2 Afrobeats songs here and there, but I got the feeling they were really trying their best to distance themselves from Nollywood and the largely white cast might mean they just don’t view themselves or the film as part of the Nollywood industry, hence why I struggled to include it but we still love Stella so..
The film touches on, ever so subtly on political issues, try to educate western audiences and address stereotypes about Africans living in trees and at the same time it manages to reinforce another stereotype whites and their trust funds.
Also, the film is a tad bit long and I saw a few scenes that I would have cut out for sure, especially when it try to turns into an actual marriage council and starts to lecture the viewer on marriage and religion rather than just let us grasp the lesson ourselves. Overall, it is a well made film and the storyline isn’t too bad either so it is worth watching. Please enjoy the movie and be sure to let us know what you think by dropping us a note in the comments section below.
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