Berlinale

The Legend of the Vagabond Queen of Lagos

Synopsis
A young mother from a waterfront slum in Lagos stumbles upon a stash of corrupt blood money earmarked for a luxury condo development, to be built where her community stands. She embarks on a journey that takes her from isolated individualism to being a unifying force in a community that stands to lose everything.
Our story plays out to a dramatic climax against the backdrop of an attempt by the politician to evict her community once and for all, only to encounter a community ready to use the strength of unity to defend their homes.

Director’s note
The Legend of the Vagabond Queen of Lagos is a collaboration between a team of young storytellers from the Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation and a collective of film and development professionals. We intend to action a radically co-creative production model, where members of the communities in which the story is based are integrally involved in every aspect of the film’s production.
The story is set against the backdrop of the ongoing threat of forced evictions in Lagos. This film is a work of resistance and will be a mobilisation tool in the struggle for justice and the inclusive development of the largest city in Africa.

Nigeria, USA, South Africa
Director: Legends of Lagos Radical Co-creation Collective
Producers: Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation (Nigeria), Justice Empowerment Initiatives (Nigeria), Slum Dwellers International (South Africa)
German WCF partner: tbc
World sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in June 2018
Funding amount: 40.000 €