Walking with Shadows

Director: Aoife O'Kelly
2019 | UK/Nigeria | 93m
GENRE: African Diaspora | Black/African American | Coming Out | Discrimination | Drama | Gay | Parenting/Family | Religion/Spirituality
SECTION: Closed Captioned | Narrative Features | Streaming


By juxtaposing a coming-out story against the seldom-seen background of contemporary queer Nigeria, Walking with Shadows offers a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a family and the societal traditions that threaten their stability. Irish director Aoife O’Kelly makes her feature directing debut here with this exceptional adaptation of Nigerian author Jude Dibia's  groundbreaking novel of the same name.

On the outside, married couple Adrian and Ada Njoko appeared to have an ideal, or possibly even enviable, family life, but their world is instantly turned upside down after Ada received an anonymous phone call alleging that her husband is gay. As word begins to spread in their conservative hometown of Lagos, so do the consequences. The church, Adrian’s employer, and even friends and family begin to turn their back on him. Overnight he has gone from a respectable family man with a wife and daughter to a pariah. Forced to confront his hidden past, Adrian must weigh the cost of being true to himself. Aided by the heartfelt performances of Ozzy Agu and Zainab Balogun in the leads, Walking with Shadows is a sensitive exploration of the many facets of love.


This film contains depictions of homophobic violence.

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 1:00pm PDT Sun, Jun 27.

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Black X Film Festival, Museum of the African Diaspora