Art is always public | An artist’s film each week! #5 Fide Dayo

Firenze - 16/04/2020 : 21/04/2020

Nuovo appuntamento con il format online Art is always public An artist’s film each week!


  • Indirizzo: Via Senese 68 - Firenze - Toscana
  • Quando: dal 16/04/2020 - al 21/04/2020
  • Vernissage: 16/04/2020 NO SOLO EVENTO ONLINE
  • Generi: serata – evento

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how can we preserve closeness and exchange when the survival motto these days is "social distancíng"? With a film programme we would like to maintain a form of public and an attention towards artistic productions. In a state of emergency, as we all live it now, together and individually, these can generate forms of friendship, courage and solidarity.

Every Wednesday we share an artist's film online, which has been produced in or around Villa Romana in recent years or was shown here

There are also some new releases!

We would like to thank all participating artists for connecting with us, with you and with each other in this way and for agreeing to show their films in private formats - instead of a big screen. The programme includes films by Mikhail Karikis, Shannon Bool, Lerato Shadi, Sophie Reinhold, Fide Dayo, Mario Rizzi, Maya Schweizer, Eleni Kamma, Dani Gal, Karolina Bregula, Andrea d'Amore, Alessandra Ferrini, Clemens von Wedemeyer and others.

15. - 21.04.2020
Fide Dayo, Minister (2016)
HD video, 94’, English with Italian subtitles
Fide Dayo, Minister, video still

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After the assasination of her father, a political activist, Kemi leaves her home country Nigeria. On her arrival in Italy she finds a job in a bakery and builds a new life as a single mother. Developing an interest in fashion, Kemi eventually joins the fashion company Nero. In the meantime her brother Banky has also made his way to Italy. When the fashion company has financial difficulties, Kemi manages to save it from bankruptcy by introducing Adire, an indigo blue fabric from West Africa. Minister is a stirring drama, set in a country where immigration is still perceived as a threat. The moment when Kemi becomes appointed as Minister of Migration as a result of her commitment to labour rights, marks the film's turning point. Kemi's joy is clouded by conflicts with her daughter, her brother and racist hostilities within the party. Meanwhile, there is a fierce power struggle for the fashion company, which puts the lives of mother and daughter in danger.

Fide Dayo, living in Rome, is a Nigerian filmmaker born into the Ekundayo family in Lagos, Nigeria. After his studies in architecture at the Florentine University he switched to film making. He realized a series of short films: The front line (2001), Diaspora (2002), Fuga (2004), That Day (2006) and two documentaries: Who are the Yoruba’s (2008), Identity on the move to integrate different worlds (2009). Fide Dayo had a breakthrough with his first feature film Ben Kross (2011) in which he also played the role of an Nigerian immigrant worker in Italy. Ben Kross was nominated as best film by an African film director living abroad at the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) 2012. Dayo is director of the African Diaspora Cinema Festival (ADCF) in Florence.