Dust To Dreams: A New Collaboration in African Cinema

The upcoming short film Dust To Dreams is set to make waves in the African film industry, with a star-studded cast and a talented director at the helm. This collaboration between Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Films and African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a promising venture that aims to showcase the talent and creativity of African filmmakers and actors.

Idris Elba, known for his roles in Luther and Hijack, is not only starring in the film but also taking on the role of director. Alongside Elba, the film features singer Seal, Nollywood stars Nse Ikpe-Etim, Eku Edewor, Atlanta Bridget Johnson, and former Nigerian Idol contestant Constance Olatunde. The diverse and talented cast promises a captivating on-screen experience for viewers.

Set against the backdrop of Lagos, Nigeria, Dust To Dreams follows the relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter as she meets her father for the first time. The film explores themes of family, identity, and coming of age in a vibrant and dynamic setting. Created by Mo Abudu and written and directed by Idris Elba, the film is sure to offer a unique and engaging narrative.

Mo Abudu will not only serve as the executive producer but also as a producer on the project, showcasing her commitment to supporting emerging talent in the African film industry. Alongside Abudu, producers Temidayo Makanjuola, Inem King, and Vanessa Demme are also contributing to the project. The collaboration between EbonyLife Films and Afreximbank through its Creative Africa Nexus (Canex) program highlights a dedication to empowering Africa’s creative economy.

Idris Elba and Mo Abudu’s partnership aims to develop emerging talent from Africa and create a slate of African films and TV shows. This venture is part of a broader initiative to showcase the diverse voices and stories of the African continent. With Elba’s directorial debut on Yardie and Abudu’s extensive experience in the industry, Dust To Dreams is poised to be a groundbreaking project that paves the way for future collaborations in African cinema.

Dust To Dreams represents a new chapter in African filmmaking, with a talented cast, experienced crew, and a compelling storyline. The collaborative effort between EbonyLife Films and Afreximbank showcases a commitment to supporting Africa’s creative industries and empowering emerging talent. As the film industry in Africa continues to grow and evolve, projects like Dust To Dreams serve as a testament to the rich storytelling tradition of the continent.


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