February 14: TROUBLE SLEEP (dir. Alain Kassanda; 2019) | Physical Screening

5pm | Sunday, February 14, 2021. | Alliance Française Lagos, 9 Osborne Road, Ikoyi | Free Entry. | RSVP

Screen Out Loud, in close collaboration with Alliance Française de Lagos, is proud to present TROUBLE SLEEP (France/Nigeria; 41 min, 2019. Documentary) by Alain Kassanda (France/DR Congo). Join us in the auditorium of Alliance Française de Lagos / Mike Adenuga Centre on Sunday, February 14 at 5:00 PM (doors open at 4.30pm) for an enthralling screen symphony, followed by a conversation with the director.

The event will begin with the screening of WE ARE TIRED (Documentary, Nigeria, 6 min., 2020), a short film by Ibadan-based film programmer and emerging filmmaker Tobi Akinde, addressing the issue of rape in Nigeria. Save the date and spread the word! We look forward to seeing you! Remember, no face mask, no entry!

An unemployed graduate like many young Nigerians, Fred is a trained engineer in his thirties when he starts a new job as a taxi driver on the streets of Ibadan. Akin, in the same situation, is on the other side of the urban chessboard: he taxes the commercial vehicles criss-crossing the cluttered and populated asphalt of the country’s third-largest city. Alain Kassanda brings along his camera to accompany Fred during his initiation into the traps and tricks, ruses and rules of survival on the road. The nervous parallel editing choreographs, with Afrobeat tracks, his gradual appropriation of the territory and the gestures of those who argue, like him, about their place, or those who patrol it, such as the employees of the national transport union, like Akin… TROUBLE SLEEP (the title is borrowed from a Fela Kuti song) immerses us in the rich urban landscape of a contemporary African city, saturated with sounds and movements, struggling with autophagous impulses, where Men dream of another fate, which is less bitter, by drinking in the evening, before plunging back the next day into the incessant daily struggle of all against all.

Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Yoruba and Pidgin English with subtitles
Running time: 41 minutes
Director: Alain Kassanda (France/Congo)
Shooting Locations: Nigeria

Watch the trailer for TROUBLE SLEEP (Alain Kassanda; Documentary, 2019.)