Film Programme

Watch. Discover. Share. Experience the best of independent cinema from around the world at our monthly film screenings: all our events are open to the public and free to attend. Come for the films, stay for the conversations. To know more about previous and upcoming programmes, sign up for our newsletter or follow us here and on social media.


November 13: TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA (Even the Rain) by Icíar Bollaín | #ArtCinemaDay
We join arthouse cinemas around the world celebrating the European Arthouse Cinema Day on November 14. In collaboration with the Spanish Consulate-General in Lagos, we will be screening the multiple award-winning feature film TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA on Saturday, November 13. RSVP
Read about our 2020 #ArtCinemaDay screening and premiere of the award-winning hand-painted film LOVING VINCENT here and here

October 10: CAMERA D’AFRIQUE/Twenty Years of African Cinema by Férid Boughedir | Film Classics
More than half a century of colonial cinema, Africans in newly independent countries were finally able to operate the camera themselves. No more would Africa simply just be used as an exotic backdrop nor its inhabitants depicted mostly as less than human and portrayed in ways that undermined their dignity. Shot over a decade, Caméra d’Afrique relates the first 20 years of the new cohort of creative film-makers that emerged in sub-Saharan Africa, documenting an unprecedented hunger for expression that remains unsated to this day. RSVP

September 12: NIGHT OF THE KINGS (La nuit des rois) by Philippe Lacôte
MACA, an Abidjan Prison is one of the most overcrowded in West Africa. Aging and sick, Blackbeard’s position is increasingly contested. To retain his power, he returns to the tradition of “Roman”, a ritual that involves forcing a prisoner to tell stories all night long. A young pickpocket is appointed. “Roman” does not know how to narrate a story but he is haunted by only one story, that of the chief “microbe” Zama King. RSVP

July 20: 10PP Matinee Series (Virtual Theatre/Event Cinema)
Using technology to develop new art forms, 10PP has created a virtual international stage showcasing the work of emerging writers and providing performance opportunities for both theatre veterans and emerging artists to engage with an exciting new medium for telling stories. The 10PP virtual theatre covers a wide range of topics and features writers, directors and actors from diverse international cultural backgrounds. RSVP

A woman walks through the landscapes and crowds of an unnamed country carrying a heavy cross on her back. In the images, the distant voice of a child calls out to its mother, accuses her, rejects her. In this first experimental feature film, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese mixes the personal with the political. Powerful slow-paced visual evocations give substance to the words with a harsh violence that is inseparable from a deep attachment. RSVP

June 2021: #WorldMusicDay at the movies
Just as we did last year, we shared a selection of films with #music as a central theme for the 2021 #World Music Day at the #movies countdown. Click on the images to read the individual recommendations! Check out the 2020 playlist here. Enjoy! Read more

June 13: AFRICA MIA by Richard Minier and Edouard Salier (#WorldMusicDay)
Ahead of World Music Day, we journey from Havana to Bamako in search of the soul of Afro-Cuban music, following in the footsteps of ten young Malian musicians in musical training in Cuba, who became a founding group of world music: the legendary Maravillas of Mali. Fifty years later, this forgotten group is resurrected thanks to Maestro Boncana Maïga, its historical conductor. RSVP

May 16: TAINTED CANVAS by Segilola Ogidan (Screening + Conversation)
The journey to self is one stunningly ugly masterpiece. TAINTED CANVAS is a harrowing tale about the effects of child prostitution in adult life. This screening is organised in conjunction with Alliance Française Lagos, OKP Productions, IGODO Films, and 37th State Productions. #RSVP

April 11: OUR LADY OF THE NILE (Notre-Dame du Nil) by Atiq Rahimi (Physical Screening)
Save the date for our April 11 screening of NOTRE-DAME DU NIL (Our Lady of the Nile). The award-winning feature film – directed by Atiq Rahimi- is an adaptation of Scholastique Mukasonga’s novel of the same name originally published, in French, in 2012. RSVP

March 21: AFROFUTURISTIK (Quartiers Lointains 6) | Nigerian Premiere
Screen Out Loud, AF Lagos and the French Institute in Nigeria are proud to present AFROFUTURISTIK, the 6th Edition of the Quartiers Lointains short film programme. This season is composed of five short fiction and documentary films by filmmakers from Morocco, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

March 14: BAAMUM NAFI (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia (Film Premiere)
We are still in Oscars territory come March! What happens when sibling rivalry threatens far-reaching consequences? Find out at our March 14 screening of BAAMUM NAFI, Mamadou Dia‘s absorbing feature debut and Senegal’s official entry to this year’s Academy Awards (International Feature Film). The screening is organised in collaboration with the Alliance Française Lagos and the Institut français du Nigeria. RSVP.

February 28: THE LETTER by Maia Lekow & Christopher King (Film Premiere)
Save the date! Don’t miss the Nigerian premiere of THE LETTER, Kenya’s official entry to this year’s Academy Awards (Best International Film). We are grateful to the director-producers Maia Lekow and Christopher King, for the collaboration and the chance to share this beautiful, thoughtful documentary with the Lagos audience. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. RSVP

February 14: TROUBLE SLEEP by Alain Kassanda (Physical Screening)
In close collaboration with Alliance Française de Lagos, we are proud to present TROUBLE SLEEP (Alain Kassanda, France/Nigeria; 2019. Documentary). Join us in the auditorium of Alliance Française de Lagos / Mike Adenuga Centre on Sunday, February 14th at 5:00 PM for a screening and conversation with the director. The event will begin with the screening of WE ARE TIRED, a 6-min documentary by Tobi Akinde. RSVP

January 24: PRICE OF ADMISSION by Udoka Oyeka (Nigerian Premiere)
In collaboration with Black Rabbit Hole Pictures and Alliance Française Lagos, Screen Out Loud invites you to the special screening of PRICE OF ADMISSION, the new short by filmmaker Udoka Oyeka.
Join us on Sunday, January 24th at 5:00 PM (doors open at 4.30pm) for a thrilling cinematic adventure followed by a conversation with the director, and the film’s lead actor Brymo Olawale. RSVP

January 17: FREEDOM FIELDS by Naziha Arebi (Nigerian Premiere)
Our 2021 calendar kicks off with the compelling documentary by Naziha Arebi. “Filmed over five years, FREEDOM FIELDS (2018) follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. […] An intimate film about hope, struggle and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of team.” (Arabic/English w/English subtitles). Save the date.


December 13 Film Screening: LE HAVRE (by Aki Kaurismäki)
Join us on Sunday, December 13th at our screening of Aki Kaurismäki’s LE HAVRE (Comedy/Drama, 2011, 1h34). Ahead of International Migrants’ Day on December 18, LE HAVRE’s themes of tolerance and migration remain hot topics. This screening is supported by Alliance Française de Lagos and Institut français du Nigeria. RSVP

November 8: LOVING VINCENT (European Arthouse Cinema Day)
This November, we are proud to present the Nigerian premiere of LOVING VINCENT (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman; Poland/UK, 2017). The screening is made possible with the support of BreakThru Productions, producers of the multiple award-winning animated biopic, and is part of global events marking the European Arthouse Cinema Day, an initiative of the International Confederation of Art Cinemas (CICAE). Read more.

October 19 – 25: Sembene Across Africa (Virtual & Physical  Screening)
Sembene Across Africa, an annual programme launched in 2017, returns with a week of online and in-person screenings and seminars, and is produced in conjunction with more than 100 African institutions. The programme, which includes two of Ousmane Sembene’s films and a documentary about him, will also take place in Lagos. Discover more

October 11 Screening: You Will Die At Twenty (Nigerian Premiere)
This October, we are happy to resume physical screenings with the Nigerian premiere of the award-winning feature film YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY (Sudan; 2019) by Amjad Abu Alala.
To commemorate Dyslexia Awareness Month, the screening will be preceded by the inspiring and deeply personal short film MICAL (Yewweng Ho; UK, 19mins, 2020). Read more

June 2020: #WorldMusicDay at the movies
For the 2020 World Music Day countdown, we shared a selection of films and TV series with music as a central theme. The task for our friends? “Recommend a music-themed film or series (regardless of length, genre, format or language) that you like and tell us why”. #WorldMusic Day #AtTheMovies Read more