When you have big names such as Tunde Kelani and Kunle Afolayan at the helm of things, you can only expect the best. These filmmakers over the years have distinguished themselves not only in producing award winning features but in constantly improving their craft. So I was not surprised when I saw what you could term as one of the best Nollywood trailers in a long while – Dazzling Mirage.
From the opening scene, you know these guys mean serious business – sickle cell. We are not bombarded with talking heads trying to be significant by shouting, kissing and being dramatic which is usually the case with most Nollywood trailers. No! It is about hard hitting facts about sickle cell. Until I watched this trailer, I didn’t know that the number of people born with sickle cell in Nigeria was that high – a whopping 150,000 children. As if that is not bad enough, we are told through text on a black background that many don’t live up to 5 years.
Then we see Funmiwo (Kemi Lala Akindoju) who despite having sickle cell refuses to accept societal stigmatisation. She refuses pity or to accept that society sees sicklers as “walking time bombs”. We see shots of her when she is happy, celebrating, contemplating, arguing and fighting for her life. The carefully selected dialogue really helps to drive the issues around sickle cell. One line sticks out in particular “You’ve known me for 6 years and never thought of medical incompatibility?” This for me points out the very scary fact that awareness of sickle cell is still very low. The saddest part is that sickle cell is preventable. I can just imagine how many people that will make life changing decisions as a result of watching this film.
Another high point of the trailer is seeing much older faces (Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Bimbo Manuel, Carol King) work with a younger generation of actors (Seun Akindele, Kemi Lala Akindoju). Also, the background music works well and does not overshadow the dialogue. The trailer ends with Funmiwo walking into the lagoon before vanishing into the sunset. One word to describe this trailer – beautiful.
Verdict – Dazzling Mirage is for Nollywood lovers who appreciate an intelligent script, beautiful cinematography and top notch acts.
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The Trailer Review is a weekly column by Isabella Akinseye published in Vanguard newspaper.
Watch the trailer of Dazzling Mirage here.
See pictures from the set of Dazzling Mirage here.
Watch the interviews from the press conference of Dazzling Mirage here.