Alaskaland

Director: Chinonye Chukwu
Countries: Nigeria / USA
Year: 2012
Running Time: 75 min.
Language: English

In this gorgeous, knowing debut film, Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggles to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the world around him. After a family tragedy forces a two-year estrangement from his younger sister Chidinma, the siblings reconnect in their hometown.

About the Director

Chinonye Chukwu

chinonyeBiography: Chinonye Chukwu is a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised screenwriter, producer and director. A recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award, Chinonye’s short, The Dance Lesson, premiered at the Ritz Theater of Philadelphia and was later acquired by MindTV for regional network distribution. The film was also a Regional Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards and an Honorary Mention at the Los Angeles International Film Festival. Chinonye’s other work include Igbo Kwenu!, a recipient of the PIFVA Subsidy Grant from the independent film community and both the “Best Motion Picture Award” and “Best Screenplay Award” at the 2009 Diamond Screen Festival. In 2012 she completed her first feature narrative, Alaskaland, the story of an estranged Nigerian-American brother and sister who reunite in their Alaskan hometown.

(Source: http://www.pifva.org/profile/chinonye-chukwu)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Alaskaland (2013).

Filmography:
Igbo Kwenu! (2009);
The Dance Lesson (2010);
Bottom (2012);
Alaskaland (2012).