FILM OF THE FESTIVAL

Stand Down Soldier

Life of women after military service is seldom portrayed in films. The drama Stand Down Soldier tells the story of Sergeant Stacy Armstrong who returns home from three deployments suffering with Paustromatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Soon after her return, she and her husband realise their 20-year marriage is about to be another casualty of war. Infidelity, addiction, and a tragic accident test the couple’s commitment.

This fiction film explores some of the issues many returning soldiers confront in their civil life including mental health issues, loneliness, and drug addiction.

Stand Down Soldier is directed, produced and stars Jeryl  Prescott Sales (The Birth of a Nation, The Walking Dead). 2015, USA, 82mins, drama, English.

 

 

 

FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS

Bariga Sugar

Ese is a reclusive 8 year old girl living in Bariga Sugar - a ghetto brothel in Bariga, Lagos. Her mother Tina is one of Bariga Sugar's working women. 10 year old Jamil and his mother Hanatu move into the brothel, Ese and Jamil begin an unlikely friendship. Their friendship is threatened when their mothers become fierce rivals.