According to studies, one in four women in Nigeria has experienced Intimate Partner Abuse (IPV). This mess happens globally too, as over 35% of women have been victims of sexual or physical violence perpetrated by their partner. IRETI, a short directed by AMVCA winner, Michael ‘AMA Psalmist’ Akinrogunde, and Ayomikun Pasede, explores this phenomenon.
At what point does Love become pain?
The film centers on a young couple whose love has become painful; the lady, Ireti, has been imprisoned by her lover who is angry she won’t reciprocate his now toxic love or accept his ring. He brings her food, but this isn’t the sweet breakfast in bed, this is master to slave, she rushes the meal like a dog who has eaten for days. (He’s been starving her.)
The actors—Abdul TJ and Yinka Moor—do not say a word, we are immersed in their world through their performances and guided by the Chukwuma Ukaegbu’s narration.
IRETI is written and produced by Ayomikun Pasede.