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Shine Your Eyes (2020)

Amadi, a musician from Lagos, Nigeria, arrives in São Paulo, Brazil, with a mission: to locate his brother, Ikenna, who has recently broken all ties with their family - becoming, as the ... See full synopsis »

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Matias Mariani

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Credited cast:
O.C. Ukeje ... Amadi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paolo André Paolo André
Barry Igujie Barry Igujie
Chukwudi Iwuji ... Ikenna
Indira Nascimento Indira Nascimento
Yasmin Thin Qi Yasmin Thin Qi ... Owner of internet café
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Amadi, a musician from Lagos, Nigeria, arrives in São Paulo, Brazil, with a mission: to locate his brother, Ikenna, who has recently broken all ties with their family - becoming, as the Igbo say, "lost in transition" - and bring him back to Nigeria. Amadi, who was always been more laid-back and carefree, in contrast to Ikenna's more objective-driven personality, has to rise to the occasion so as to not frustrate his parents, as well as for self-serving reasons: he is worried that if Ikenna is not found, the older-brother mantle will be left to him, and with it, the responsibility to provide for their family. In Brazil Amadi follows the faint footsteps left by Ikenna in this foreign urban landscape: he learns that his brother is not the distinguished Mathematics professor he was made out to be, but actually has contrived an intricate and nearly- delusional series of schemes to accumulate wealth in Brazil, which includes, among other things, the supposed discovery of the statistical ...

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Drama | Thriller

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A metaphor for freedom
10 August 2020 | by faer_krSee all my reviews

An African / Brazilian drama. It's about a boy who travels from Africa to Brazil in search of his older brother because they don't know anything about him, so that he returns home to be the leader of the family, but it turns out that nothing the brother said was entirely true . A film from the Berlin festival selection. Parsimonious. Quality. At times infuriating for not knowing where the brother is. An interesting metaphor about freedom. How much of what others tell us they are really true? This movie magnificently explores that. This movie is not for everyone, you have to like festival movies. It shows broad features of African culture and how it collides with a new continent.


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Brazil | France

Release Date:

29 July 2020 (Singapore) See more »

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Cidade Pássaro See more »

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