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This Psychological Horror Film Exploring Black Trauma Will Give You Chills

The trailer for Uche Aguh's upcoming film 'The House Invictus' will leave you frightened, yet wanting more.

The House Invictus is the upcoming feature film by Nigerian filmmaker, Uche Aguh.

The thriller explores the effects of black trauma, as it tells the story of a group of black men participating in what, appears to be, a fateful initiation in a strikingly beautiful yet eerie setting.

Here's a full description of the film via Shadow and Act:

The House Invictus is a psychological thriller that examines the shared history of black folk in America, both modern, and past. Blood, chaos, upheaval, sex and religion and it's cultural fall out blended with the psychology of race, masculinity and the power of brotherhood.

The movie's stunning cinematography, and stark subject matter stand out in the recently released trailer. The movie stars actors Jarius Sowells, Kayode Akinyemi, Vincent Ramirez, Thiree Pinnock, Julian Horton, Obum Nwankwo and J. Shawn Durham.


For the filmmaker, the visual elements were at the forefront of telling the story. Aguh says that's it's left to viewers to further the conversation around the social themes that the film presents.

"To me, it's an exhibitionist film, something of a painting, or a gallery of paintings—The film does not justify, validate, or give reason to the issues discussed," the writer and director tells Shadow and Act. "It simply presents them in an artistic way, highlighting the ways they affect the characters involved, while leaving the audience with the opportunity to do the cerebral work of asking more questions and furthering the conversation along.

He also spoke with the publication about how his experiences as a black man in America have led him to dedicate much of his work to uplifting the narratives of people who look like him:

The film was written and directed by me, out of frustration. I had never intended to write a story so steeped in race. As a Nigerian-born American, I have found that in the past, I have always been a bit more reluctant and removed when it came to the conversation surrounding race in America. I had no real precedent for such a discussion as I didn't learn about slavery or racism in Nigeria. I also felt like I didn't own the space to talk about race as I always felt more Nigerian than American. But now, having lived in America, for a considerable portion of my adult life, I've come to understand the race conversation with first-hand encounters, and with the regime of the new presidency, I've become acutely even more vigilant in my awareness of these issues and my desire to talk about them regardless of my discomfort or the discomfort of anyone else.

The film's trailer will likely leave you frightened, yet wanting more. Check it out above. No word as to when the film will be released, but we'll keep you posted as we learn more.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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