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August the First (2007)





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First-time director Lanre Olabisi's relentless and devastating family drama August the First observes the calamities that erupt for the deeply dysfunctional Ibirinde clan, when they gather to celebrate son Tunde's high school graduation. Matters in the household are already problematic enough - Rhonda, the mother, slips headfirst into alcoholism; Simisola, Tunde's older sister, distances herself emotionally; and Ade, the oldest son, bombards Tunde with a relentless barrage of criticisms - but the arrival of long-estranged father Dipo is what truly ignites the powder keg. As the night unfurls, Dipo's most unwelcome appearance unveils long-buried hidden agendas and dark, twisted secrets from the past that ultimately tear the Ibirinde family to shreds. Ian Alsup, D. Rubin Green and Joy Merriweather co-star; Olabisi co-authored the script with Shawn Alexander.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Lanre Olabisi, Shawn Alexander
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On DVD: Jul 1, 2008
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Lanre Olabisi's first feature offers an intricate portrait of relationships and individuals, histories and hopes.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008

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Well-traveled and prized on the U.S. fest circuit, dramatically satisfying pic transcends ethnic pigeonholing to emerge as a fine calling card for frosh helmer Lanre Olabisi.

A fascinating, impossible to ignore film. It is weird because it is an African-American SUBURBAN family with all of that suburban baggage... not a "black" film or a film about race.

Translate the locale from New Jersey to Chicago or LA, the "foreign" alienated papa from Nigeria to Poland or Poughkeepsie and it still works.

Great acting, weird camera angles, delicious and impossible to look away from family issues (we have all been there, at this party, in this house).

Great flick!

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