Docufilm description: Ahoemoe-egbe (a documentary on love)
The movie is titled Ahoemoe-egbe which translates to love in Esan language.
I felt the need to bring the minds of rural women to the frontlines of the conversation. In a world where women in these parts of the world are rarely heard. It aims to explore perspectives on the meaning of love to women in rural communities who didn’t have a chance to choose their partners.
· So what would love mean to a woman who did not have a chance to choose?
·What would love mean to a woman who only knows how to sacrifice herself?
This film was shot in Ekpoma, a small town in Edo state, and in the personal homes and places of worship of the subjects. Conducting this interview in their comfort zones was key as home is the base where everything begins... It was important for me that these people explain love in their own language using their own cultural contexts as language is one of the barriers that prevent them from adding to these kinds of conversations and how generations of black women have been conditioned to love. In addition to giving voice to the voiceless the documentary is also about preserving language and archiving culture, it was important to show their opinions on the effects of the strides of feminism in their community.
What also stands out, is that subjects weren’t informed of the project prior to the interviews. Even though it was the first time they had been asked to express the condition of their hearts and what love means to them, their stories were able to interconnect because of the commonality between their experiences and how generations of black woman have been conditioned to love. It helps the participants to not only see themselves on camera but to express, understand and analyze their own thought process. It simultaneously provides women with similar experiences and in rural communities who get to watch and interact with the film; an opportunity to look to, and be represented by a body that looks like them, and experiences what they go through.
The title introduces variants of the concept and how their experiences have informed their opinions on what they think they deserve, is explored in the rest of the film. It balances different experiences of this universal topic and contrasts different relationships and representations of love in order to encapsulate as wide of the minority as possible. Thus, the film adequately creates a wide tapestry of experiences; themes and ideas which at the surface seem personal, but end up being political points of departure for conversations on love and resistance. .
When you break down and analyze different relationships, one of the key factors is how compatible two partners are. I hope to broaden the demographic in the nearest future to accommodate those who are evolving in their journey with love.