This is My Desire


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Film Info
Original Title:Eyimofe
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Images of Africa
Culture & Society
Black Perspectives
Release Year:2020
Runtime:110 min
Print Source:Pascale Ramonda
Director:Arie Esiri
Chuko Esiri
Executive Producer:Maiden Alex Ibru
Toke Alex Ibru
Salman Zoueihed
Kayode Akindele
Albert Esiri
Ifeoma Esiri
Olorugun Oskar Ibru
Christopher Ibru
Producer:Melissa Adeyemo
Arie Esiri
Chuko Esiri
Cinematographer:Arseni Khachaturan
Screenwriter:Chuko Esiri
Editor:Andrew Stephen Lee
Composer:Akin Adebowale
Principal Cast:Jude Akuwudike
Temi Ami-williams
Tomiwa Edun
Jacob Alexander
Cynthia Ebijie
Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah


Two young Lagosians seek to escape the daily oppressions in Africa’s largest city, with aims to head to Spain and Italy to find a better life. Shot in gorgeous 35mm by twin directors Arie and Chuko Esiri, This is My Desire’s attention to exacting detail creates a layered world you’ve never seen before.

Mofe (Jude Akuwudike) an engineer who works as a handyman, scraping by day-to-day just to eat, and his dream is to end up in Spain. Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams) is a hairdresser who wants to take her pregnant, younger sister Grace (Cynthia Ebijie) to Italy, before the baby is born. Nigerian directors Arie and Chuko Esiri's split their film into two parts, “Spain” and “Italy” and their camera captures Mofe and Grace’s daily lives as they take step after step after interminable step to arrange all the necessities to leave Lagos, which itself appears almost as a character in the film, a complex and bizarre city that seems to swallow people’s lives. “[A] promising, quietly moving first feature…” --Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Biography

Arie Esiri Arie Esiri is a photographer and director, who has a Master's of Fine Arts from Columbia University, who divides his time between his native Lagos and New York. With his brother, Chuko, he has directed the short film “Goose” (2017) and the feature This is My Desire (2020).

Chuko Esiri Chuko Esiri graduated from law school and quickly decided to pursue another career, heading to New York to learn the film business as an intern. He is a writer, producer and director, who has directed the short film “Besida” (2018) and, with his brother, the short film “Goose” (2017) and the feature This is My Desire (2020).