Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri

Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

This revelatory, award-winning debut feature from codirec­tors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria. Shot on richly textured 16 mm film and infused with the spirit of neorealism, Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers—Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister—as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe while bumping up against the harsh economic realities of a world in which every interaction is a transaction. From these intimate stories emerges a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos, whose social fabric is captured in all its vibrancy and complexity.

Film Info

  • Nigeria
  • 2020
  • 116 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #1121

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 2K digital transfer, approved by directors Arie and Chuko Esiri, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between the directors, moderated by filmmaker Bette Gordon
  • Interview with producer Melissa O. Adeyemo
  • Deleted scenes featuring audio commentary by the directors
  • Three short films: Goose (2017), directed by Arie and Chuko Esiri; Besida (2018), directed by Chuko Esiri and produced by Arie Esiri; and Because Men in Silk Shirts on Lagos Nights (2018), directed by Arie Esiri
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by writer and film producer Maryam Kazeem

    New cover by Diana Ejaita

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 2K digital transfer, approved by directors Arie and Chuko Esiri, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between the directors, moderated by filmmaker Bette Gordon
  • Interview with producer Melissa O. Adeyemo
  • Deleted scenes featuring audio commentary by the directors
  • Three short films: Goose (2017), directed by Arie and Chuko Esiri; Besida (2018), directed by Chuko Esiri and produced by Arie Esiri; and Because Men in Silk Shirts on Lagos Nights (2018), directed by Arie Esiri
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by writer and film producer Maryam Kazeem

    New cover by Diana Ejaita
Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)
Cast
Jude Akuwudike
Mofe
Temi Ami-Williams
Rosa
Tomiwa Edun
Seyi
Cynthia Ebijie
Grace
Jacob Alexander
Peter
Chioma “Chigul” Omeruah
Mama Esther
Sadiq Daba
Jakpor
Credits
Director
Arie Esiri
Director
Chuko Esiri
Written by
Chuko Esiri
Produced by
Melissa Adeyemo
Arie Esiri
Chuko Esiri
Executive produced by
Maiden Alex Ibru
Toke Alex Ibru
Salman Zoueihed
Kayode Akindele
Albert Esiri
Ifeoma Esiri
Olorugun Oskar Ibru
Christopher Ibru
Director of photography
Arseni Khachaturan
Production design by
Taísa Malouf
Costume design by
Daniel Obasi
Edited by
Andrew Stephen Lee
Music by
Akin Adebowale
Casting by
Lala Akindoju

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Eyimofe (This Is My Desire): Floating Currencies
Eyimofe (This Is My Desire): Floating Currencies

In their ambitious debut feature, brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri capture the vibrancy of contemporary Lagos while also showing the desperation with which its two protagonists seek to leave it.

By Maryam Kazeem