Still Water Runs Deep, a film written and directed by Abbesi Akhamie (Insomnia, Tween), will be having it’s world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada. The festival is scheduled to hold from the 7th to 17th of September, coinciding with the maiden edition of the Nollywood Travel Festival (12th-16th). TIFF is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people annually.
Officially selected in the short film category, Still Water Runs Deep follows a father who must withstand his emotions and preserve his pride when his estranged son goes missing. The story paints an unsettling portrait of a man confined by his convictions about paternal duty. Produced by Kemi ‘Lala Akindoju (Banana Island Ghost) and Melissa Adeyemo, the film intends to speak to honest, hardworking men who face difficulties when trying to raise children in the harsh realities of the world.
Speaking on the joint production, Kemi ‘Lala Akindoju who also served as the casting director said, “I’m excited because this film shows the power of collaboration. I had the privilege of working with two amazing female filmmakers who I didn’t know until it was time for this film to be made. I won’t stop saying that collaborations make dreams come alive quicker.”
Shot in Edo State, Still Water Runs Deep stars Toyin Oshinaike (Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo), Rita Edward (Misfit) and Yemi Adebiyi. Watch the trailer here.