Set in early 1990s Nigeria, "Gone Nine Months" paints a portrait of a family slowly pulled apart by simmering tensions beneath the surface -- Agnes Olajuwon's desire for professional growth, her husband's expectation that his whole family align to support his vision of himself, and the children caught in the crossfire of their parents' dreams and their own youthful exuberance.
From the moment you hit play on “Gone Nine Months”, it draws you in. It is not even so much because of an enigmatic storyline because the story is ‘alright’ at best – it’s the portrayal. It is the things that need not be spoken, yet come off clear as day that makes this one a winner. It’s the representation of the 90s that feels so true to form, brought to life by actors who seem to be living it. It’s in the innuendos. The attitude of the children and wife towards their father’s presence and how their countenance turns around 180 degrees once he’s not there. It is in the quiet discomfort between the husband and the wife.
It is not just a theme that belongs to the 90s, it’s a reality that holds true today too. Lola Okusami wins with “Gone Nine Months” because it is almost hypnotic.
Directed by Lola Okusami and shot on location in Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria, the film stars MTV Shuga’s ‘Najite Dede and Zoe Favour. Other talents include newcomers Inimfon Iniama (Dare2Dream Season 4 finalist) and Olu Euba.
Produced by Austine Lordlaz and Lola Okusami
Production Design by Art Anekwe
Costume Design by Koko Eyo, House of Dagladash
Original music score by Alessandro Mastroianni
Sound Design by Dayo Thompson
Edited by Talthau Lo