The Nollywood renaissance on Netflix continues. This week, The Island and Lagos Real Fake Life join the expansive roster of Nigerian films on the streaming platform. Both films were released last year to mild reception.
The Toka McRabor-directed The Island is a fictional drama that explores corruption in the military.
“Enclosed in the cube queue of a military intelligence unit, Hamza, a colonel in the army, intercepts a conversation between an unknown terrorist and an agent transacting a business deal on weapons sale. Triggered by an overwhelming excitement and eagerness to get the Intel to his commanding officer, Hamza makes the most shocking and terrifying discovery of his life.”
Lagos Real Fake Life is a star-studded comedy centered on the audio-money lifestyle of Lagosians. The film critiques the embrace of the fake-it-till-you-make-it mantra.
“People must understand that living a false lifestyle is expensive and destructive,” director Mike Ezuruonye told Guardian Arts at the film’s premiere last year. “it makes one live in constant fear of being exposed. It is cheaper to live one’s real life, as it would make you not live in fears or go borrowing to satisfy anyone.”