Abeni (Nigeria, Benin)

Directed by Tunde Kelani

2006, 105 min.

In Yoruba and French with English subtitles

Another film from Tunde Kelani, the acknowledged master of Nigerian popular cinema (his film Thunderbolt showed at CFAF in 2002; The Narrow Path, in 2008), Abeni tells the enthralling story of long lost love set against the backdrop of Yoruba culture. Abeni, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, and Akanni, her childhood sweetheart from a poor family, meet again in their adult lives. Both of their well-planned futures - and their commitments to their respective future spouses - start to crumble when they realize their hearts belong to each other.