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‘Love castle’ movie highlights Nigerian culture interwoven with disability

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Love Castle” movie premiered on Sunday  in Lagos  was meant to highlight the Nigerian culture in a positive dimension before the international community.

It was similarly  to establish that there were abilities in disability.

Popular Nollywood Actor, Lateef Adedimeji, who played the role of ‘Ti Joshua’, a man with disability, in the  movie said this.

Adedimeji, during the red carpet premier of the film  in Lagos, told the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that it embraced culture and its relevance.

“After seeing this movie, you will love and embrace your culture the more. Because I see that at some point, we are losing it, we are losing the culture thing about us because of civilization, globalization.

“We are forgetting that this is where we come from. There may be something about our culture that we need to change, but not that we should do away with  it totally.

“After seeing this movie, I believe that a lot of people will be motivated and be  willing to impact  somebody positively  in life, you will want to touch somebody in a positive way.”

Funke Ogunmola, the writer  of ‘Love Castle’ m  said that she had conceived  the concept  almost a decade before she wrote the first draft of the script in 2018.

Ogunmola also the producer of the movie  told NAN that the movie was shot both in Nigeria and in the US.

“I have always wanted to tell a story  about  the Nigerian culture in the positive way,  to introduce Nigerian culture to my people in the US because there is a lot of negativity around us. Nigerians are alleged  over there to be scammers, Nigerians are all sorts.

” I need to let them know the beautiful things about us. We have  beautiful and wonderful cultures.

“I also wanted to tell the story of disability, I wanted the world to know that they can also achieve their purposes in life, ‘’she said.

Another popular actress, Kehinde Bankole, described  the story as exciting.

“The route the movie producer went in telling this story is different. It’s entertaining; it’s rich in culture. I enjoyed every bit of the filming, “she said.

The director of the film, Desmond Elliott, said culture was well captured in the story.

“I love the way the story transitioned  from Western world  to Eastern Nigeria, “he said.

NAN reports that  part of ‘Love Castle’ was shot in Ibadan, Nigeria, in November 2019 and the other part  in Houston Texas in the  US, in February 2020.

The USA filming was completed  two weeks before the  lockdown of activities in 2020 following the outbreak of the  coronavirus pandemic.

‘Love Castle’ is star-studded that featured seasoned actors such as  :  Kehinde Bankole (who played  the lead role), Jide Kososko, Lateef Adedimeji, Zack Orji, Rachel Oniga, Desmond Elliott, Femi Adebayo Salami, Halima Abubakar, Jumoke George, and Beatrice Funke Ogunmola.

It employed English as its major language while Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo, were  used sparingly in the film   and subtitled in English.

Love Castle is an official selection for the  Toronto International Women Festival and Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival in 2021. (NAN)

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