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B for Boy

Nigeria | 2013 | 118 minutes | Chika Anadu

In Chika Anadu's award-winning debut film, Amaka, a 40-year-old Nigerian woman, is expected to produce a male heir. But when the baby dies in utero, she desperately searches for a solution that would keep her husband from taking a second wife.

June 2, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 6, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Monday June 2 screening on STANDBY – Advance tickets not available

Amaka, a middle-class woman in contemporary Nigeria, is nearing 40 and is expecting her second child. Her seven-year-old daughter is a pride of her life, but in Nigerian Igbo cultural tradition, if a woman is unable to conceive a male heir, the husband is expected to take a second wife. With Amaka's mother-in-law breathing down her neck and a proposed second wife already invading the household, Amaka has a secret ultrasound. The joyous news of a baby boy is marred a short time later by the news that the child has died in utero. Desperate to keep her family together, Amaka conceals the tragedy and sets in motion a plot to have a male heir by her due date at any cost. Debut filmmaker Chika Anadu explores a controversial topic with an elegant and moving drama featuring an exceptional performance from lead Uche Nwadili and a strong supporting cast of largely first-time actors. In a country known primarily for cheaply produced Nollywood cinema, B for Boy raises the bar with an honest, affecting portrait of a society which screams modernity but whose traditions may give an impression to the contrary.

Director Biography

Not originally a filmmaker, Chika Anadu was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK to study Criminology and African Studies.  She had always loved film but developed a taste for filmmaking in 2006. In 2008 she moved back to Nigeria to work in TV/Film production. Anadu attended the 2010 New York Film Academy's 4 Week Filmmaking Workshop and is a Berlinale Talent Campus Alumn. She took part in the 21st session of the Cinéfondation (Cannes Film Festival). She's living in Paris, where she worked on her first feature script B For Boy. 

Sponsored by MOViN 92.5, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Delta Air Lines

Director: Chika Anadu
Principal Cast: Uche Nwadili, Nonso Odogwu, Ngozi Amarikwa, Frances Okeke
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2013
Running Time: 118 minutes
Producer: Chika Anadu, Arie Esiri
Screenplay: Chika Anadu
Cinematographers: Monika Lenczewska
Editors: Simon Brasse
Music: Enis Rotthoff
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: AFI Film Festival 2013 (Breakthrough Award)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Igbo
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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