On the Art of Lagosian Filmmaking with Arie & Chuko Esiri
Black Discourse
spring 2021
Arie Esiri and Chucko Esiri

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Twin brothers, Arie and Chucko Esiri, revelatory co-directors of their debut feature Eyimofe, the process making of their debut feature film, the influences of Nigerian gerontocracy, the importance of African based arts funding, and non-Western centered filmmaking. If you have love for neorealist films and Nigeria, listen to this episode.

Watch Eyimofe trailer here: https://vimeo.com/569564020
Find the film in a theater near you: https://www.janusfilms.com/films/2034

See transcript here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JBuk25V8z6KloXBA3jQJzqYQxzzpw7jN/view?usp=sharing

Special thanks to:
Lagos, for raising these two artists.
Host: Zion Estrada
Editor: Zion Estrada
Web Designer: Tyler Hicks
Intro/ Outro Music: Ade ‘Acyde’ Odunlami

Zion Estrada (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist researcher living on Gabrielleno/Tongva/Chumash Land. Her work flows between archival assemblage filmmaking, sonic collage production and experiential design centering human and more-than-human (re)connection.

Zion’s  experimental collage language in film and sonic works often use layering of field recordings, found sounds and carefully curated sound clips that score a line of discourse that complicate temporality, history and meaning making. Her practice is informed by the palimpsest and Pauline Olivero’s Deep Listening. 

She is most interested in the non-verbal and more-than-human qualities of storytelling from the African diaspora (specifically the Caribbean) and how sounds hold the spirits of the past and the alchemic power to magnetize communities, movement, moods, and healing. She draws from the traditions of Black Trans abolitionists care making, sex worker solidarity,  doula presence practices and movement architects love of release.

Zion is currently is practicing in emergent transformative justice work with Abolition Dream lab practicing in radical learning communities how to prepare, account, release and re-story the harms we have caused, the roots the harms have in culture and systemic violence  while centering care, healing and rest.

Zion is the Creative Director of Black Discourse, co-founder of Wild Grass Design + Research Lab and owner of BZE Consultant LLC.  She holds a M.A. Ed focused in participatory research and linquistics.

Director of Programs at BLD PWR; holds 10yrs as educator and curriculum developer.

Board member at Citizens of Culture
Exhibitor at the Ghetto Biennale in Jacmel, Haiti 2024
Participant in MIT Worlding Project Community 2023