I love films that provide a glimpse into another culture, Kunle Afolayan’s latest film, October 1 does just that. Kunle manages to capture the essence of a country torn between tradition and modern rule mainly showcasing how custom struggles to hold up to contemporary thought beliefs and a changing nation. Nigerian film is notoriously known for its horrible acting, bad cinematography, and poor story lines but this film does not possess any of those qualities, it is well written and masterfully directed. It is a long movie clocking in at 2 hours and 28 minutes but the story flows, unfolding in a way that is not only interesting but offering a keen insight into the West African psyche.
Its September 1960, and with Nigeria on the verge of independence from British colonial rule, a northern Nigerian Police Detective, DAN WAZIRI, is urgently despatched by the Colonial Government to the trading post town of Akote in the Western Region of Nigeria to solve a series of female murders that have struck horror in the hearts and minds of the local community. On getting to Akote, more murders are committed, and with local tension high and volatile, Waziri has a race on his hands to solve the case before even more local women are killed. Set against the backdrop of the national celebratory mood of the impending independence, Waziri is pulled into a game of cat and mouse as he and the killer try to outwit each other… leading to the climatic end in which the life of a popular local female teacher and village belle, TAWA, is held in the balance. Waziri has to race against the clock to capture the killer, save Tawa and solve the crime before the British flag is lowered and the Nigerian flag raised on Independence Day… October 1st.
IMDB: 7/10 Stars (see IMDB page here)
Netflix 3/5 Stars
I give it 4/5 Stars
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