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Award winning actor and movie director, Kunle Afolayan, is making another groundbreaking entry into the Asian movie market as he takes his recent works, Figurine and Phone Swap to Tokyo, Japan. His foray into Tokyo is on the invitation of Cinema Africa, a non-profit organization established in 2006 to develop understanding and appreciation of Africa in Japan through African films made by African filmmakers or producers. The film festival billed to take place between May 18 -23, 2013, would screen Phone Swap May 17 and  Figurine May 18 at the Auditorium Shibuya, Tokyo. In recognition of his immense contributions and recognition of his works, the award winning filmmaker will be hosted to a dinner by the Nigerian High Commission in Tokyo on the day the festival opens.
The organisers of the festival aimed at introducing African films by African directors, producers, for cultural exchange between Africa and Japan, has also lined up a chain of activities for Afolayan and these include a short speech as a filmmaker and curator, his perspectives on Nigerian film on the opening night and back to back interviews with major newspapers and the nation’s television station, NHK, transmitting to both domestic and global audiences.
In his reaction to the development, Afolayan said: “It is no doubt another groundbreaking opportunity to showcase and promote African cinemas to the Asian world. It will also afford many people to have a direct experience of cinemas in Africa, made by Africans, understand our stories as told by us. Africa and Africans can no longer allow their stories to be told from Hollywood’s perspectives or other’s eyes. I hope the African and Nigerian communities in Japan would seize this opportunity to enjoy quality film and let’s celebrate a new beginning in African cinema.”
Afolayan also commended the support of the Presidency and the Lagos State Government for providing the necessary logistics to the festival. He is also billed to leave Tokyo for Paris to attend the Nollywood Festival in Paris where Phone Swap would also be screened.
*The Cinema Africa holds 18-23 May and is supported by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs KUNLE AFOLAYAN

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