Life Imitates Art: Movie Predicts the rise of Boko Haram
When the producers of 30 Days began filming seven years ago, their goal was to produce a quality piece of cinema that would serve as a reminder of the gruesome consequences that can befall Nigerian citizens when corruption is allowed to rule unchallenged. 30 Days is a marvelously accurate depiction of the social, political and economic climate of modern day Nigeria. Despite the fact that it has preceded current news headlines by nearly a decade, 30 Days is spot-on in addressing the woes that Nigerians are currently facing.
A few months ago, former president Obasanjo warned President Jonathan to expect a revolution in Nigeria. And today, President Jonathan will be the first to admit that the terror organization Boko Haram has infiltrated his government. Is this just a matter of life imitating art or did the producers of 30 Days already see the writing on the wall and make a valiant attempt to warn Nigeria of impending trouble?
30 Days chronicles the journey of Kene, Played by Chet Anekwe a young Nigerian living in America, who unwittingly falls in love with a young woman, Chinora, played by Genevieve Nnaji, whom he later learns is a member of a high profile terror organization. On his maiden visit to Nigeria, Kene finds himself entangled in a dangerous web of lies which force his participation in an anti-government movement.
His girlfriend and the other women of Fracas (Female Revolutionaries against Corruption in Africa) have waged war on the government and execute series of well-orchestrated strategies designed to mercilessly topple corrupt officials one by one. Part of the strength of the organization rests on the fact that many of its participants are well-connected women of distinction, including one woman who was the daughter of the Justice Minister and another who was the daughter of a prominent Nigerian business leader. Led by a high-ranking female member of the federal government, Joke Silva, as Dr. Alade, intrigue ensues when the organization’s leader is charged by the government to find and stop her own terrorist organization within 30 days.
30 Days takes viewers on an adventure into a cunning mastermind group of women on a mission to restore order by any means necessary, even if it means eliminating their own flesh and blood to do it. And in typical fashion, the president hides himself in the activities of so-called global business, attending regional conferences and celebrations while back home his administration is being destroyed from the inside out and his country seized by fear. The movie even speaks to the angst felt about the substandard infrastructure of NEPA when the on-screen minister of power was assassinated during a NEPA electricity failure while being pleasured by a prostitute.
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If you think you have Boko Haram, wait till you meet the women of Fracas.
Movie Review By Toyin Dawodu
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