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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti: A Cinematic Triumph That Illuminates, Inspires and Dramatic

AP Productions is thrilled to announce the arrival of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti the movie in Silverbird Cinema,Victoria Island for one week beginning Friday September 8, 2023. This landmark film marks a new era in the company’s illustrious journey and showcases its passion for creating captivating movies for global audiences. Directed by the visionary Bolanle Austen-Peters, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti is notable for its brilliant storytelling, unique characters, and stunning craftsmanship. The film follows the story of Fela’s mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti from her pioneering days as the first female student at Abeokuta Grammar School to her marriage to Israel Ransome-Kuti. Together, they challenge oppression and create the Abeokuta Women's Union, igniting a fierce battle against colonial and traditional rulers. This narrative artfully contrasts FRK's tireless activism with her delicate balancing act as a wife and mother, revealing the indomitable spirit of a woman who changed the course of history. This film emerges as one contribution to the important conversations people are having now around women, identity and the constant push for equality. The phenomenal cast features groundbreaking performances from Joke Silva, Kehinde Bankole, Ibrahim Suleiman, Jide Kosoko, Dele Odule, Adebayo Salami, Keppy Ekpeyoung, Adunni Ade, Omowunmi Dada, Patrick Diabuah and others. Austen-Peters, the driving force behind the film, expressed her enthusiasm on where the film might be headed, stating, "Submitting Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti for Nigeria’s Oscars consideration is a humbling and exhilarating experience. Our team poured heart and soul into this project, and this submission is a testament to their unwavering dedication.” BAP Productions, known for its commitment to cinematic excellence, views this submission as a significant milestone in its history. Speaking about this, Yakubu Yahaya, an Associate Producer said, “It represents the values and artistic vision that have guided our company for years.” The film will undoubtedly leave a mark on the global film scene, and this submission for Nigeria’s Official Selection Committee for the Oscars sets the stage for an exciting journey through awards season. Stay connected with BAP productions on Instagram: @bapproduction Include high-resolution images from the film Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti: A Cinematic Triumph That Inspires and Empowers Bolanle Austen-Peters, the acclaimed director of “The Bling Lagosians”, “Collision Course” and “Man of God”, has delivered another cinematic masterpiece with “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti”, a biographical film that pays tribute to one of the most influential figures in African history. The film takes the viewers on an epic journey through the life and times of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a woman who defied the odds and challenged the status quo in her quest for freedom, equality, and dignity. Funmilayo was not only an activist, but also an educator, a philanthropist, and a mother, whose legacy lives on in her children and grandchildren, especially the renowned Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. The film is a stunning portrayal of Funmilayo’s courage, vision, and impact, that will captivate and inspire everyone who sees it. In the wake of its limited cinema release, "Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti" has garnered enthusiastic acclaim from both critics and the general public. Here's a glimpse into the reviews: "A Masterpiece of Storytelling" Critics have lauded the film's impeccable storytelling, with its ability to transport viewers back in time to witness Funmilayo's remarkable journey. The seamless blend of historical accuracy and captivating narrative has been commended for its ability to educate and inspire, leaving audiences deeply moved. "A Gift to Womanhood" “A huge congratulations for the great directorial work achieved in your latest, soon-to-be-unveiled film, Funmilayo: The Lioness of Lisabi. The accomplishments recorded in the movie, both technical and artistic, are a resounding salute to your clear vision and relentless dedication to telling authentic African stories that are uplifting. In telling the touching, ferocious story of Fela's mother - Funmilayo - as a rare heroine of her generation, you demonstrated an extraordinary flair for history and its inherent lessons to humanity. Yet, in so doing, you turned 'Funmilayo the lioness' into a gift for womanhood. A gift that serves as a reminder about what was possible; yet a gift that signals what is still possible...when a people rise up with vigour and in one voice to demand justice and a better deal. Thanks for dishing out Funmilayo so sumptuously. And, of course, welcome, finally, to the league of directors that count....and care! Congratulations!!!” Steve Ayorinde “In the end this film will be historically significant not because of how well it represents the past but how powerfully it inspires our future. Because FUNMILAYO is a love story, a story of self-discovery, self assertion. It is also a hero’s tale inspiring in us the courage to speak truth to power and the commitment to a cause bigger than self. FUNMILAYO is also an important idea. Change is possible when we choose to act. An idea that the only ceiling to leave unbroken is the sky and that environmental, cultural and political bias only calls to the warrior within us to stand. FUNMILAYO is simply a profound and provocative cinematic experience. And by all measure an artistic success.” Femi Odugbemi "A Stellar Cast" The film boasts a cast of talented actors who bring their characters to life with authenticity and passion. Kehinde Bankole and Joke Silva, who portray Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, have received widespread applause for their compelling performance, capturing the essence of this iconic figure with grace and poise. "A Visual Feast" The cinematography in "Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti" has left audiences in awe. The film beautifully captures the vibrant landscapes of Nigeria, creating a visual tapestry that adds depth and richness to the story. The attention to detail in recreating the era has been lauded for its authenticity. "An Empowering Experience" Viewers have consistently described the film as an empowering experience. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti's unyielding dedication to social justice and women's rights serves as a source of inspiration for audiences of all ages. Many have left the cinema with a renewed sense of purpose and a desire to make a positive impact on society. “Thank you again for producing such an eye opening and inspirational movie. As a young lady, I keep thinking back to the story told in that movie and I can’t help but want to do more, push through life’s hardship, empower my fellow woman and never let any circumstance keep me from being exceptional. Your creativity and diligence in expressing your craft is truly a beautiful to behold. Please don’t stop being you and pushing through to deliver such stories.” Anieze Osakwe “A Must-Watch for All" Perhaps the most resounding sentiment shared by those who have seen the film is that it is a "must-watch." It is not merely a biopic but a call to action, encouraging viewers to reflect on the past and consider how they can contribute to a more equitable future. As "Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti" continues to captivate audiences and generate discussions, it is clear that this film is more than just a cinematic experience; it is a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the indomitable spirit of a remarkable woman. This extraordinary biopic serves as a tribute to Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti's legacy, reminding us all that the fight for justice and equality is a journey that we must each undertake, inspired by the lessons of the past. In a world where stories of resilience and empowerment are needed more than ever, "Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti" stands as a beacon of hope and a testament to the enduring power of the human spirit. Don't miss the chance to be a part of this cinematic phenomenon. See "Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti" now through Thursday 15th September, 2023 at Silverbird Cinemas in Victoria Island and later on Amazon Prime. Be prepared to be inspired! see pictures below

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