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Watch Now: 'The Meeting' (Comedic Look At Political Patronage, Bureaucratic Red-Tape In Nigeria)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 12, 2013 at 1:21PM

There's an absurdity (in a good, useful, entertaining way) that I thought funny as I watched the trailer - as in, it's an intentional absurdity, meant to poke fun at bureaucratic red-tape - in Nigeria specifically, although this could be in many other parts of the world.
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The Meeting

There's an absurdity (in a good, useful, entertaining way) that I thought funny as I watched the trailer - as in, it's an intentional absurdity, meant to poke fun at bureaucratic red-tape - in Nigeria specifically, although this could be in many other parts of the world.

As we continue to highlight on this blog, it's only a matter of time before Nollywood cinema really enters the mainstream, as films and filmmakers continue to push for a cinema that can compete on the international stage (although that doesn't have to be, nor is it, a goal of every Nollywood filmmaker; there is, after all, a thriving, existing audience for Nollywood cinema, and not only in Nigeria).

I think in the muck of it all, a few contenders get overlooked. I'm not saying that this is a "great film" (whatever that is), but, as I started out saying, there's enough here that would make me want to see the rest of it - and maybe it will do the same for you too.

I think of Kafka of all people, and the hopelessness and absurdity that are common themes in his works.

Titled The Meeting, the film opened in Nigeria late in October last year, and is now available online, for the rest of the world to see.

Synopsis:

The Meeting” is a romantic-drama set mainly in Abuja. Lagos-based corporate executive Makinde Esho finds himself at the mercy of political patronage, bureaucratic red-tape and his tender heart when he embarks on a one day business trip to Abuja to secure a government contract.

The film is directed by Mildred Okwo, and produced by Mildred Okwo & Rita Dominic. Cinematography by Jim Bishop.

The starring cast includes: Rita DominicFemi JacobsLinda EjioforKate Henshaw, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Basorge Tariah, Chika Chukwu, and Chinedu Ikedieze.

The movie received 6 nominations at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards, including nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Rita Dominic), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Femi Jacobs), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Linda Ejiofor), and Best Nigerian Film.

Courtesy of Nollywood Mindspace, the film is now available to rent and watch online, so you're just a few clicks away from doing so.

Watch the trailer below for a glimpse at what to expect, and if you'd like to see more, follow the directions to rent the full film:

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