By Aderonke Adeyeri
The unveiling of ‘Light in The Dark’, a film by prolific filmmaker, Ekene Som Mekwunye was held amidst pomp and pageantry, at the Waterside Lounge in Ikoyi. ‘Light in The Dark’, a thriller, parades top actors like Rita Dominic, Joke Silva, Kalu Ikeagwu, Ngozi Nwosu, Kiki Omeili, Mannie of Cool FM Lagos, among other stars who played significant roles in the film that is likely to become one of the best films shot to discourage domestic violence in the society and how best to integrate the victims back into the society.
The movie tells the story of how far two people are willing to go to keep their marriage after suffering a big attack that tests the love between them. It also touches slightly on inter tribal marriages and the betrayal of friendship.
According to the producer, Ekene Som Mekwunye, “We are planning to make a film that would show the effects of domestic violence, what it does to women and more importantly, how best victims can handle it. The film also shows a little of the friction in inter-tribal marriages and the way men look at issue in such marriages. This film would be a tool to draw awareness of this scourge to a lot of ladies in Africa and as well as look at how it affects families when it happens to married women”.
The producer, Ekene Som Mekwunye is a multiple award filmmaker with strong interest in photography and teaching. His short film titled ‘Oblivious’ was awarded the winner of Best Short Film in Africa by one of Africa’s biggest film awards, The African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2015. It was also nominated for awards at the Africa International Films Festival (AFRIFF), Africa Movies Academy Awards (AMAA), and different film Festival across the world. Another of his film ‘The Encounter’ which is set during the Biafran war on an encounter with Gen. Ojukwu also won Best Jury Selected Film at the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in November 2015 and got a review on the Newsweek magazine in Europe.