Welcome to Lagos
"Welcome to Lagos is a documentary that looks at the inhabitants of megacity Lagos. Lagos is overwhelmingly populous and has outgrown its facilities and resources. This has created problems and a growing population without much room for growth nor space now live in the slums. We get to meet dumpster diving Eric, whose also a musician with the alias Vocal Slender. We meet Joseph a buyer of recycled material from the dump, to meeting a father and his family living in a slum on the waters of the Lagos lagoon called Makoko. This isn’t a misery film, even though most of the people featured live in the slums. Though criticised for selectively picking a view of Nigeria from the slums, I believe the honesty, resilience, innovativeness and adaptability of these individuals is indeed inspiring. When we learn of Eric and heroic attempts to record a music single that will make him famous, yet ends up injuring a fellow dampster diver in a fight and ruining his future, I find myself routing for him to learn his lesson, get help and keep his dream alive. There is so much to like and be inspired from by this documentary"
Filmed and Directed by Gavin Searle
article from African Digital Art