Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Trouble Sleep + Q&A

Director Alain Kassanda, 2020, Country France, Nigeria, Duration 40, Previous Festivals & Awards Visions du Réel - Special Mention, Date Event has passed

Alain Kassanda’s freewheeling urban portrait follows two young men, Fred and Akin, as they navigate the crowded roadways of Ibadan, Nigeria’s third largest city. Engineering graduate Fred is beginning a new job as a taxi driver, whilst Akin patrols a busy intersection collecting tax for the National Transport Union. As they traverse the frenetic streets, the systems and networks that underlie the city begin to be exposed, revealing the order that lies beneath all the noise and apparent chaos. Punctuated by exuberant musical sequences, Trouble Sleep is a dynamic, impressionistic city symphony capturing Ibadan’s distinct rhythms from a street-level perspective.

UK Premiere

Screens with:

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Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak | 2019 | Mexico | 18’

Nini, What Time Is It There?
Sabrina Zhao | 2020| Canada | 33’

Screening includes a Q&A with director Alain Kassanda, hosted by Karen Alexander.

Please be advised that a film within this programme contains discussion of self-harm which some viewers may find distressing.

Read an essay on Trouble Sleep by Wilfred Okoche.

Available: Block 1 (Wed 9th Sept midday – Sat 12th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.