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Cup of Tea Effiong Crimson

Daniel Effiong’s psychological thriller, Crimson, has been shortlisted for the Afrinolly award. Effiong is part of a new generation of African filmmakers doing interesting things with the form. My first encounter with Effiong’s work is the dark comedy series, Goddammit It’s Monday. In Crimson, which he directs, he explores the mysterious world of police interrogation.

Crimson is a set of short films that capture the mystery surrounding certain events in Nigeria’s dark past. It’s an intense and beautiful exploration into the psychology of criminal interrogation. The episode shortlisted is the second of the three and is loosely based on Obasanjo’s phantom coup, an event that has long passed on into urban legend, but that Effiong reawakens in an eerily captivating 12 minutes of cinematic awesomeness.

Watch and please VOTE here.


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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

5 Responses to “12 Minutes of Cinematic Awesomeness! Vote for Daniel Effiong’s Crimson” Subscribe

  1. chincho 2014/01/10 at 06:56 #

    Great piece! I watched just this episode but quickly found myself watching all, it deserves all our votes. Directing is tight, stimulating your senses. If this is a window into the future of the Nigerian movie industry, I’m getting my pop corn!
    great job Daniel Effiong!

  2. Irene 2014/01/10 at 11:11 #

    Brilliant work! I was always looking forward to the next episode! We need more short films like this….helps us keep track of history as well .

  3. Ainehi Edoro 2014/01/10 at 15:07 #

    Awesome! Happy you both loved the work. Don’t forget to vote and tell you friends to.

  4. Etim 2014/01/13 at 02:52 #

    Thank you all very much. This is mighty kind.

  5. june 2014/01/13 at 15:03 #

    nice cinematography and production value….

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