When a farm goes aflame 

a film by Jide Tom Akinleminu

When a farm goes aflame 

2021 | 112:30 min

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Author's film Documentary
A tale about my mother and brothers from other mothers.

A reflection on his parents assumed monogamous long distance marriage as well as his own Nigerian background and identity. He thereafter accidentally discovers his father‘s secret; a second family throughout the last 30 years. This revelation sends the filmmaker on a new quest, now focusing on his retired Danish mother and his newly acquainted younger Nigerian half brother. When a farm goes aflame is set in the aftermath of a lifetime of secrecy and denial, and attempts to bring together the stories and beliefs of all protagonists as they come to terms with their common past and shape their future. Moving fluidly between Denmark, Nigeria, Canada and USA, the film gently unfolds as a poetic and psychologically complex exploration of the meeting between western and African concepts of love, relationships and family.
71 Berlinale PERSPECTIVE
36 DOK.fest Munich
18 dokumentarfimwoche hamburg
BFI London FF
ACHTUNG BERLIN FF – new berlin film award
• Ecumenical Jury Award
• Special Mention Best Cinematography
Biografilm Festival
63 Nordic Film Days
Africa in Motion
SIFF Shanghai
IDFA Amsterdam
45 MOSTRA, Sao Paulo
Cast and Crew
  • Director Jide Tom Akinleminu
  • Producer Florian Schewe
  • Director of Photography Jide Tom Akinleminu
  • Editor Maja Tennstedt
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Production Company
Film Five GmbH
Lehrter Str. 57, 10557 Berlin
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