’76 set for global release

Posted by News Express | 18 July 2021 | 326 times

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West Africa’s leading film company, FilmOne Entertainment, on Saturday announced that celebrated feature film, ’76, will be available to audiences worldwide on the global streaming service, Netflix, from August 4, 2021. Produced by Adonis Production & Princewills Trust, ’76 was originally released in Nigerian cinemas in 2016. 

The film is set six years after the Nigerian civil war and tells the story of Joseph Dewa, a young military officer from the Middle Belt, who gets into a romantic relationship with an O-level student, Suzy, from the South-eastern region. However, their relationship is strained by constant military postings and Suzy’s family, who would not tolerate a relationship with Joseph’s people. In a series of events that unfold amid betrayal from a close friend, Joseph is falsely accused of being a co-conspirator of the unsuccessful 1976 military coup that ultimately led to the assassination of General Murtala Mohammed. Proving his innocence and securing his release became dependent on the bravery of his pregnant wife.

The film  stars  multi-award-winning  actor,  Ramsey Noah  in  the  lead  role, supported  by  ace  actors – Rita Dominic, Chidi  Mokeme and Ibinabo Fiberisima, amongst others. Following its hugely successful Nigerian launch, ’76 went on to screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2016 and was the closing film at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), in the same year.

Co-founders of Filmhouse Group (owners of FilmOne Entertainment), Kene Okwuosa and Moses Babatope, are excited about the acquisition and described the film as a model for the region. “We  are  happy  to  be  part of  such  a  remarkable  milestone in  the Nigerian  film  industry. ’76 is  a  clear  example  of  dynamic  story-telling,  portraying the  essential characteristics  of  an  ideal  global export  from  this region,”  Okwuosa  said. 

The duo  also  maintained  that  the  film  has  the  potential  to  influence  positive  perceptions about the industry on the global stage. “This kind of content shapes a narrative that portrays the richness of our history, culture and artistry, in great light. We are super proud of the ’76 team and thankful to Netflix for recognizing a gem,” Babatope added.

Producers, Adonijah Owiriwa and Tonye Princewill issued a joint statement, expressing their hope that the deal would be the first amongst many, “proving once again that Nollywood is a powerhouse, not only for Africa but the world. We have always been very selective about our projects and this deal is evidence that good things happen to those who wait and pay attention to detail,” they said.

According to director Izu Ojukwu, seeing ’76 reach a global audience is a dream come true, “My team and I poured our heart and soul  into  the  making  of  this  film,  to  honour  the  age  and  live  up  to  the  responsibility  the  project  itself  placed  on  us.  My overwhelming thought is gratitude for the opportunity and appreciation for the recognition,” he said.

’76 will be available to Netflix’s subscribers globally, from August 4, 2021.

Source: News Express

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