Tola Olatunji’s “Kanaani (Promise Land)” Sends a Cautionary Tale to Abroad Hopefuls
Coming to cinemas on Sept.15 is “Kanaani (Promise Land)” a film directed by Tola Olatunji and brought to life through the collaborative efforts of writers Babatunde Apalowo, Musa Jeffery David, and Tola Olatunji.
Set in a rural village, “Kanaani” delves into the lives of Obehi and Gbovo, two individuals entangled in a deep romance. However, their dreams and aspirations are marred by the harsh reality of poverty, forcing them down a treacherous path of international sex and human trafficking.
As the story unfolds, “Kanaani” takes viewers on a journey back to the origins of this disturbing trade during the era of slavery. The film confronts these grave issues within the African context and mirrors their presence in contemporary society.
“Kanaani” boasts a stellar cast which includes Gabriel Afolayan, Ivie Okujaye, Joseph Benjamin, and Ayo Adey-Kosh, each delivering remarkable performances that promise to resonate with audiences.
Ahead of its cinematic release, “Kanaani” has garnered attention and acclaim. The film has been nominated for various awards, including Best Film: West Africa at the 2023 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. Additionally, it has gained recognition at prestigious film festivals such as the 2023 Pan African Film Festival and the Maui Film Festival.
Prepare to be moved, enlightened, and immersed in the poignant narrative of “Kanaani,” a cinematic experience that doesn’t shy away from exploring the depths of human struggle and resilience.
Watch the trailer here.