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SFFILM Festival

This Is My Desire

Directed by Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri

Nigeria | Fiction | 116

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Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


This moving drama employs a dual storyline to portray life in Lagos, Nigeria, one of the most populous cities in the world. Two protagonists dream of emigration – factory repairman Mofe hopes to move to Spain, while bartender and hairdresser Rosa has her eyes set on Italy. Twin-brother writer-directors Arie and Chuko Esiri create a vivid portrait of a teeming metropolis and the challenges facing those attempting to flee it.

Director Arie Esiri

A native of Warri, Nigeria, Arie Esiri studied screenwriting and directing at Columbia University School of the Arts. He works in advertising, as a director and producer of commercials. He previously made the short film, Goose (2017), co-directed by his twin brother, Chuko.

Director Chuko Esiri

Chuko Esiri received his MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Among his work are two shorts, Goose (2017, co-directed by his brother, Arie, and Besida (2018).

Film Details

Language English, Nigerian Pidgin

Original Language Title Eyimofe

Year 2020

Runtime 116

Country Nigeria

Director Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri

Producer Melissa Adeyemo, Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri

Executive Producer Maiden Alex Ibru, Toke Alex Ibru, Salman Zoueihed, Kayode Akindele, Oskar Olorogun Ibru, Christopher Ibru

Writer Chuko Esiri

Editor Andrew Stephen Lee

Cinematographer Arseni Khachaturan

Music Akin Adebowale

Cast Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie