The new year 2018 started with fanfares and vigils of thanksgiving in hundreds of thousands of churches all over the world followed by celebration and jubilation at parties on the streets and clubs. After the holidays, business resumes from tomorrow Tuesday with many upcoming events. And the first international film festival of the new year is the 15th London Short Film Festival (LSFF) taking place from 12th - 21st Jan 2018.
The film festival will celebrate the iconic genius of Ngozi Onwurah, the Nigerian born British filmmaker on January 17.
As the first Black British woman filmmaker to have a feature film released in UK cinemas the festival will celebrate Ngozi’s legacy with a screening of early works and panel discussion in Ngozi Onwurah: Short Films on Wed 17 Jan, 8:30pm at ICA.
Ngozi Onwurah was born in 1966 in Nigeria to a Nigerian father, and a white British mother, Madge Onwurah. She has two siblings, Simon Onwurah and Labour MP Chi Onwurah. As children, Onwurah's mother was forced to flee with her children from Nigeria in order to escape a Civil War. They fled to England, where Ngozi and Simon spent the majority of their childhood. During their youth, they endured much racial discrimination, which influenced many of her films.