Jide Tom Akinleminu | Germany 2021 | 112 Min. | OmeU

16.05. | 9pm
De France, Saal 1 | TICKETS

18.05. & 19.05. | ONLINE | WATCH ONLINE (available from 18.05.)

Austrian Premiere

© Jide Tom Akinleminu

Back in his native Nigeria, Filmmaker Jide Tom Akinleminu questions an old man’s oracle about his family history. He wants to know why for 30 years his father led a double life with a second, secret family and why his mother, Grete, who lives in Denmark, never asked questions about it. Many of his Nigerian friends advise him to let bygones be bygones, but he decides to set off for Canada and visit his half-brother Sam.

WHEN A FARM GOES AFLAME gently brings to light an extraordinary family history through Grete’s letters from Nigeria to her parents, shared conversations at the breakfast table, and recordings from the family archive.

Director: Jide Tom Akinleminu
Editing: Maja Tennstedt Funmi Akinleminu, Chris Wright, Dotun Akinsiku
Sound: Shinya Kitamura, Deola Akinsiku
Color grading: Moritz Peters
Production: Florian Schewe, Jide Tom Akinleminu, Yan Schoenefeld, Akin Akinleminu, Film Five GmbH, DE Titi Akinleminu


Ecumenical Jury Award at Achtung Berlin – new berlin film award
Special Mention Best Cinematography at Achtung Berlin – new berlin film award

2021 Berlinale
2021 Copenhagen Docs
2021 IDFA Official Selection
2021 MOSTRA Internacional de Cinema São Paulo
2021 BFI London Film Festival
2021 DOK.fest München Official Selection
2021 ACHTUNG BERLIN Ecumenical Jury Award
2021 Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg
2021 Shanghai International Film Festival
2021 Biografilm Festival
2021 FESPACO Official Competition
2021 Nordische Filmtage Lübeck in Competition
2021 Africa in Motion Official Selection

Jide Tom Akinleminu (1981) is a Danish – Nigerian documentary film director and cinematographer. He was born and raised in Nigeria, and moved to Denmark at the age of 10. After attending the Danish School of Photography “FATAMORGANA”, he relocated in 2004 to Berlin to study cinematography at the German Film school (DFFB). As a cinematographer, he shot several award-winning films, such as the short film “Kokon”, which was acclaimed for its unique visual style and was awarded with Germany ́s most prestigious film award, the Golden Lola, in 2010.
His diploma film, “Portrait of a lone farmer”, premiered at CPH:DOX in 2013. It won recognition at numerous festivals and received the “African Movie Academy Award” in 2014 as well as the German 3Sat Award for “Best Documentary”. Alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2015 and 2018.

When a farm goes aflame, feature length documentary, Film Five GmbH, 2021
Portrait of a lone farmer, Labosinmi Films & DFFB, 2013