Watch Trailer For ‘Living Funeral’ - Nigerian Film Dealing With Breast Cancer
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Watch Trailer For ‘Living Funeral’ - Nigerian Film Dealing With Breast Cancer


I can’t recall any film made either by an African American, or an African filmmaker that deals with the sensitive subject of breast cancer, which is why I thought this film by Nigerian filmmaker Udoka Oyeka stood out.

It’s called Living Funeral, and it will make its U.S.

premiere at next month’s Pan African

Film Festival in L.A., before

hitting the film festival circuit elsewhere. It follows a family dealing

with their daughter’s and sister’s terminal breast cancer diagnosis.

According to Oyeka, his film’s focus was to “find

a story that would draw emotions out of people and make them feel what is it

like to live with this disease or love someone who does. We really wanted them

to feel strong emotions because it’s the only way you can really make people

care about anything.

As for the filmmaker’s background, though he was born in

the U.S., he spent his childhood in Nigeria until he returned to the States

to attend college in Texas.

After graduating he worked for a while as a tax prep and even did some modeling before returning to Nigeria in 2009, where he started

making films, both feature and shorts, though he honestly admits it was a struggle at

first, and still is.

As for Living Funeral, the project was inspired by a friend

of Oyeka’s, Orode Ryan Okpu who runs the Pink Pearl Foundation

breast cancer organization, who had the idea for the film, to raise awareness, and who approached

the filmmaker about making it and became the film’s co-producer.

But as Oyeka says “It might not be an obvious theme for a male

African director to handle, but someone recently pointed out that all my films have

some strong female themes… I grew up surrounded by women my whole life: my

mother and two sisters, but also several aunts and cousins who were living with

us. This made me very comfortable around women.

And in the filmmaking world, “I have a lot of respect for Ava

DuVernay, a real powerhouse who is taking Black Cinema to the forefront.

Here’s the trailer for the film:

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