August the First
It is the morning of Tunde's graduation party and things have already begun to unravel. Tunde has managed to alienate his sister, Simisola. His older brother, Ade, persistently plagues him with criticism, and their mother has started drinking again. Unbeknownst to most, Tunde has orchestrated the return of his long estranged father, resurrecting unresolved family anguish against the backdrop of Tunde's celebration. As the day turns to night, old wounds are re-opened and bad habits are revived. Layer by layer, deception and half-truths are peeled away as secrets are uncovered in what will be become the most unforgettable day the family has ever experienced.
Bonus short: Tell Us The Truth Josephine, directed by Valerie Buhagiar
Sound: Stereo 2.0
- "A smart and engaging debut!"
- "Emotional fireworks that ring true!"
- "A sharply observed, ultimately heartbreaking story...a fine achievement!"
Awards & Recognition
Urbanworld Film Festival
Best Feature Film
San Francisco Black Film Festival
Best American Film
Harlem Int'l Film Festival
SXSW Film Festival
Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival
Indianapolis Int'l Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Philadelphia Film Festival
AFI Dallas Film Festival
Best First Time Director
Sidewalk Film Festival
Sacramento Film Festival
Atlanta Int'l Film Festival