'The Last Tree' movie poster.

'The Last Tree' Is a Complex Exploration of the Life of a Young, British-Nigerian Man

In 'The Last Tree,' a young Black man struggles to reconcile his identity as he moves from being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, to inner city London, and finally back to his country of origin, Nigeria.

The Last Tree, directed by British-Nigerian director, Shola Amoo, is the semi-autobiographical story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi is struggling with the culture and values of his new environment. Femi must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young Black man in London during the early 2000s. The film places the viewer in the perspective of Femi, as we grow and develop with him. This immersive experience allows the watcher to proverbially walk in Femi's footsteps and feel the force of a violent act or a tender moment.

In this interview with Shola Amoo, Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria discusses issues of identity, masculinity, spirituality among others for this film that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

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