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Thunderbolt

Synopsis
Feature film. The first half of the narrative is a loose-reworking of Othello. Yinka from the Yoruba tribe and Ngozi, an Ibo, meet in the National Youth Service Corps in Nigeria. The seeds of jealousy are planted when a friend of Yinka suggests that Ngozi id having a secret affair because ‘Ibo are untrustworthy’. Yinka is prompted to put the curse of ‘Magun’ (a sexually transmitted curse) upon Ngozi. The film becomes a political comment making connections between Shakespeare’s Othello who rejects the truth and the neglect that defines the West’s response to AIDS in Africa.
Series
Library of African Cinema
Language
English
Country
Nigeria
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2001
Duration
105 mins

Credits

Director
Kelani. Yunde
Producer
Kelani. Yunde
Cinematographer
Kelani. Yunde
Screenplay
Femi Kayode
Music
Jide Omidiran
Cast
Buki Ajayi 
Lanre Balogun 
Uche Obi-Osotule 

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Spoken in English, Ibo and Yoruba with English subtitles.
General
Adapted from the novel ‘Magun’ by Adebayo Faleti.

Production Company

Name

Mainframe Film and Television Productions

Distributor (Sale)

Name

California Newsreel

Email
contact@newsreel.org
Web
http://www.newsreel.org External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 877 811 7495
Fax
+1 802 846 1850
Address
Order Dept
PO Box 2284
South Burlington
VT 05407-2284
USA
Notes
California Newsreel produces and distributes documentaries on social justice issues. The range of films promotes the advancement of racial justice and diversity, the study of African American life and history as well as African culture and politics. A recently added thematic focus is the global economy, with an emphasis on the international division of labour.

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