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Coconut Head Generation

Coconut Head Generation

Alain Kassanda
France, Nigeria
2023
89 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

The older generation sometimes disparagingly calls them “coconut heads” (or “brainless youth”), but the students at the University of Ibadan, the oldest in Nigeria, are anything but that. They follow-up their visits to a campus film club with in-depth discussions about subjects such as feminism, migration, human rights, colonialism, and politics. The debate gets heated sometimes, but always stays focused on the subject.

Nigeria and its neighboring countries face many issues. Unemployment and corruption are rife, freedom of expression is under threat, and student life is tough for many reasons. Alain Kassanda intercuts his observational shots of these passionate group discussions with atmospheric impressions of campus life full of commotion.

In the years that Kassanda films, from 2019 to 2021, students and their peers take to the barricades to resist police violence—there were even deaths at these protests in October 2020. This film, which shared the top prize at Cinéma du Réel, is a dynamic portrait of a generation of Nigerians using their intelligence and critical thinking to demand change.

 
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Credits
89 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: English, French, Yoruba
Director
    Alain Kassanda
    Alain Kassanda
Production
    Alain Kassanda for Ajímátí Films
    Alain Kassanda for Ajímátí Films
Cinematography
    Tobi Akinde,
    Alain Kassanda
    Tobi Akinde,
    Alain Kassanda
Editing
    Alain Kassanda
    Alain Kassanda
Screening copy
    Ajímátí Films
    Ajímátí Films

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