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Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

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Nigeria · 2020
1h 56m
Director Chuko Esiri, Arie Esiri
Starring Jude Akuwudike, Tomiwa Edun, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie
Genre Drama

Two people, Mofe and Rosa, live in Lagos, Nigeria and are at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, causing them to believe that better fortunes can only lie in another country. Time keeps passing, and personal tragedies force them to reconsider their travel plans, as they try to build their dream life at home.

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Slant Magazine by Derek Smith

Arie and Chuko Esiri’s film is understated in its attunement to the challenges of trying to escape a stagnant existence.


The New York Times by Devika Girish

The portrait of life that emerges organically from this understated, observant approach makes Eyimofe the rare social realist drama that conveys critique without didacticism and empathy without pity.

88 by Glenn Kenny

While the themes here are, of course, redolent of neorealism, the filmmakers don’t make ostentatious nods to cinema past. Their voice is their own; the camera is mobile when it needs to be, but stands still much of the time, letting the excellent cast build their characters as the events of the film test their endurance.


Variety by Manuel Betancourt

Painstakingly conceived and teeming with raw, unbridled energy, Eyimofe offers a sumptuous, keen-eyed look at modern Lagosian life.

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