The much-anticipated China Film Festival took off in a dazzling spectacle on Monday at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island.
The event, co-organized by the China Film Administration and the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Lagos, witnessed a star-studded opening ceremony attended by esteemed dignitaries from both China and Nigeria.
The grand inauguration was graced by H.E. Hu Heping, Executive Deputy Head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee and China’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, alongside Ms. YAN Yuqing, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Lagos.
Notable figures such as Mr. Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, and Ms. Hajia Zainab Ali-Biu, Leader of the Delegation from Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy, also added their luminous presence to the event.
A mesmerizing showcase of cultural performances by the Huaxing Art Troupe Nigeria set the stage for an evening brimming with cross-cultural appreciation.
Below are some breadth-taking pictures of the event:
Additionally, the spellbinding live performance by renowned actress Ms. Zhu Hongxing, famed for her role in the critically acclaimed film “White Snake,” left the audience in awe, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the enchanting world of Chinese cinema.
The festival’s opening film, “Cloudy Mountain,” left an indelible mark on the audience, evoking both applause and tears. The film portrays the bravery and selflessness of railway engineering corps in the face of geological calamities, resonating with themes of sacrifice and resilience.
Scheduled to run for several days, the China Film Festival is set to feature a diverse array of eleven Chinese films encompassing various genres, from action and animation to opera and documentary. These films encapsulate the multifaceted nature of Chinese culture and offer a window into the nation’s dynamic societal evolution.
Speaking at the event, Consul General Yan Yuqing emphasized the festival’s role in nurturing mutual understanding and cultural exchange between China and Nigeria.
“This Film Festival is also to strengthen China-Nigeria cultural exchanges and film-making cooperation, so as to share Chinese harmony and perform Nigeria-China symphony, and enhance the mutual comprehension between our two countries,” stated Yan Yuqing.
Mr. Mao Yu, Executive Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Films, the Department of the CPC Central Committee, echoed this sentiment, expressing confidence in the global impact of Chinese cinema.
“We believe mutual film festivals will become a new starting point for deepening China-Nigeria film exchanges and cooperation, which will inject new momentum into the development of the global film market and make new contributions to promoting a high-level China-Africa community of a shared future,” Mr. Mao Yu affirmed.
With an engaging mix of cultural displays and cinematic marvels, the China Film Festival in Lagos promises to fortify the bridge of understanding between these two vibrant nations, underscoring the profound power of art and storytelling.