Highly acclaimed and socially conscious movie – The Hate U Give – brought out Nollywood stars and activists to the IMAX Filmhouse Cinemas, Lekki, for her exclusive screening on Wednesday 17th October 2018. With the likes of artists such as Sound Sultan, Timi Dakolo, OAP/TV presenter IK Osakioduwa and actress Caroline Danjuma in attendance, it was indeed an engaging and insightful night.
The movie, an adaptation of the novel ‘The Hate U Give,’ embraces the subject of racism and police brutality against people of colour in the United States. The movie’s protagonist Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds; the poor, mostly black neighbourhood where she lives and the affluent, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right.
This emotionally jarring movie starring Amandla Stenberg and US rapper, Common brought a lot of cheers and tear-jerking reactions from the audience. According to Forbes: “The Hate U Give Is an Oscar-Worthy Masterpiece.” Guests at the exclusive screening couldn’t agree more as there is a gut-wrenching portraiture of abuse of power as the movie progresses.
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The movie commanded rave reviews from Nigerian film critics, movie buffs and celebrities in attendance. Following the screening, discussions on police violence against black people living in America filled the cinema hall. It is officially out in cinemas nationwide and currently distributed by FilmOne Distribution and Production.
Here’s a look at celebrity shots from the screening…
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