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All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White

All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White

Nigeria | 2023 | 92 min. | Babatunde Apalowo

An understated but heart-wrenching look at the love between two men in modern-day Nigeria, where such love is forbidden, as the motorcycle courier and aspiring photographer grow closer as they explore Lagos. Winner of the Berlinale Teddy Award.

Director Babatunde Apalowo scheduled to attend.

All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White is a touching film that follows the story of Bambino, a delivery driver in Lagos, who has settled into a simple life as a single man. However, everything changes when he meets Bawa, a charismatic photographer, during a photo competition. The two men hit it off immediately, and soon their friendship blossoms into something deeper. Nigerian director Babatunde Apalowo uses subtle visual language to tell the story of two men who discover love in a society that does not accept their relationship. The film's restrained and tender approach captures the characters' cautious dance around each other, highlighting their subtle gestures and glances. As Bawa looks at Bambino through his camera lens, it becomes clear that he sees more than just a subject and they spark an intimate connection. However, in a society where same-sex relationships are taboo and can result in violence, the two men must navigate their feelings carefully. All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White is a quietly and beautifully told portrait of unjustly forbidden love. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of love, acceptance, and the beauty of human connection.

—Nancy Pappas

  • Director: Babatunde Apalowo
  • Principal Cast: Tope Tedela, Riyo David, Martha Ehinome Orhiere
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 92 min.
  • Producer: Damilola Orimogunje
  • Screenplay: Babatunde Apalowo
  • Cinematographers: David Wyte
  • Editors: Babatunde Apalowo
  • Music: Richard Kett, Catherine Shrubshall
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2023 (Teddy Award)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English, Igbo, Nigerian Pidgin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: Coccinelle Film Sales