This past weekend, we had the opportunity to attend the premiere of Ay Makun’s latest film, “Almajiri,” and we are here to share our feedback with you.
Directed by Toka McBaror and co-produced by Darlington Abudu, “Almajiri” sheds light on the Almajiri system, a social issue that plunges children into the depths of poverty. The film delves into the untold side of the Almajiri story, revealing the harsh reality of living on the streets, where these vulnerable children become targets of rape and trafficking.
What makes “Almajiri” even more impactful is that it draws inspiration from true stories. The film brings attention to the plight of millions of children in Nigeria who fall victim to trafficking and other forms of child slavery. By highlighting these stories, the movie raises awareness about this pressing social issue and calls for action.
“Almajiri” presents a powerful narrative that is both thought-provoking and emotionally stirring. Through compelling storytelling and captivating performances, it paints a vivid picture of the challenges faced by these children and the urgent need for change.
Ay Makun’s film not only entertains but also serves as a platform for social commentary, tackling important societal issues. It prompts viewers to reflect on the plight of the Almajiri children and the larger problem of child trafficking in Nigeria.
We commend the cast and crew of “Almajiri” for their dedication in bringing this vital story to the screen. Their efforts shed light on a pressing issue that requires collective action and intervention.
In conclusion, “Almajiri” is a film that confronts the harsh realities faced by children trapped in the Almajiri system. By weaving together true stories and powerful storytelling, it demands our attention and calls for change. Let us support this film and the cause it represents, as we strive for a better future for all children.
Almajiri Nafisat and Salihu
“Almajiri” tells the poignant story of Nafisat and Salihu, two young children who have endured a heartbreaking separation from their parents due to the exploitative practices of Alhaji Makarfi.
Within the Northern region, the trusting villagers hold unwavering belief in Alhaji Makarfi, showering him with love and respect, sometimes even elevating him above the local chiefs. They offer him gifts and praise, and some villagers go to great lengths, selling their precious possessions in hopes of securing a place for their children in his supposed scholarship program. Little do they know that their children will never set foot in a school or have the opportunity to pursue a trade. Instead, these innocent souls are subjected to unimaginable suffering.
Under the manipulative control of Alhaji Makarfi, these vulnerable children face a cruel fate. They are subjected to physical abuse, mental manipulation, and are coerced into becoming prostitutes, suicide bombers, or forced into begging as Almajiris. Their lives are consumed by horror and despair.
“Almajiri” exposes the dark realities of the Almajiri system, shedding light on the plight of these innocent victims. The film aims to raise awareness about this pressing social issue, highlighting the dire circumstances faced by these children. It seeks to challenge societal perceptions and inspire action towards creating a better future for these marginalized individuals.
Through the compelling narrative of “Almajiri,” the filmmakers invite viewers to reflect on the inhumane treatment and exploitation faced by these children, urging society to address this pressing issue with compassion and urgency. It is a powerful portrayal of the resilience and strength of these young souls in the face of unimaginable adversity
Almajiris is star-studded
Like many of AY’s films, “Almajiris” boasts a star-studded cast, including Rahama Sadau, Alexx Ekubo, Segun Arinze, Ayo Makun (who is also the Executive Producer), Annie Idibia, Bolanle Ninalowo, Asabe Madaki, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Jide Kosoko, Adam ‘Baba Ado’ Zango, Ali Nuhu, Saeed ‘Funky Mallam’ Mohammed, Rosemary Afuwape, Segun ‘Lafup’ Ogundipe, Lawrence ‘Seyi Law’ Aletile, and more. This ensemble cast brings their talent and charisma to the screen, enhancing the overall experience of “Almajiris.”
While predominantly in the Hausa language, the movie is effectively translated for all viewers to understand and appreciate. The young actors deliver exceptional performances, captivating audiences and keeping them glued to the screen. Their talent and dedication shine through, adding to the film’s appeal.
“Almajiris” exhibits meticulous attention to detail, creating a realistic and immersive world. The production quality is impressive, with authentic costumes and well-crafted settings. The picture quality is commendable, enhancing the visual experience for viewers.
The film’s storyline is a standout aspect of “Almajiris.” It tackles a unique and emotionally charged subject, shedding light on the harsh realities faced by neglected children on the streets. The narrative evokes strong emotions, even bringing viewers to tears as they witness the suffering inflicted upon these innocent souls by their “masters.”
The acting performances are top-notch, with notable performances from Alexx Ekubo, Segun Arinze, and Seyi Law. They bring depth and authenticity to their respective roles, showcasing their talent and commitment to their craft. AY shows improvement in his acting skills, although he still has room for growth.
However, “Almajiris” is not without its flaws. Some scenes lack coherence and leave unanswered questions. Additionally, the movie’s pacing could have been improved, as it takes a while to reach the more engaging parts. Furthermore, the final fight scene falls short in terms of realism, with fake gunshots and fire that even a blind person could detect as inauthentic. Nonetheless, these minor issues are forgivable considering the overall impact and significance of the film.
In summary, “Almajiris” presents a powerful and thought-provoking story, driven by an impressive cast and commendable production quality. It shines a light on a neglected social issue and evokes deep emotions. While it has its flaws, the film’s strengths outweigh them, leaving a lasting impact on the viewers. AY continues to show growth as an actor, and “Almajiris” showcases his commitment to delivering meaningful and impactful storytelling.