Director :Kunle Afolayan
Producer : Kunle Afolayan
Starring : Nobert Young, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Bimbo Manuel, Carol King, Funsho Adeolu, Ade Laoye and Damilola Ogunsi
Genre : Drama/Thriller
Release Date : September 1, 2017
Music Director : Anu Afolayan
Awesome-o-metre : 7/10
REVUE OF THE TRIBUNAL
The Tribunal stars Damilola Ogunsi as Ifeanyi a staff of a new generation bank who seeks the assistance of Jimi (Funsho Adeolu) a washed out lawyer and Tani (Ade Laoye) a newbie, to represent him at a tribunal convened to settle a matter of unlawful job termination by his Mrs Abebe his Boss (Omotola) who he believes fired him because of his skin pigmentation (Albinism).
The third AFMAG commissioned film by Kunle Afolayan (after Omugwo and Roti) is undoubtedly the best of the lot, which is probably why it was the last to be released. I must say that this film was well thought out and well executed in basically all its facets. The plot of the film which is to address the issue of discrimination against albinos isn’t novel but it was tackled from a different standpoint i.e. the legal viewpoint albeit a less formal approach (a tribunal). I guess the producers chose this vehicle of a tribunal to escape the technical pitfalls of actual litigation and even at that it seemed that they did their research on how tribunal proceedings are conducted.
The execution of the plot was absolutely fantastic. One thing this movie had going for it was the perfect and appropriate casting of the characters. I must applaud the performance of Damilola who was remarkable in interpreting his role. I was also impressed with Funsho who gave a sterling presentation. Worthy of note is the believable performance of Ade Laoye as the excitable greenhorn lawyer not forgetting Omotola, who is the only person that can pull off a role by glaring menacingly and saying absolutely nothing. Also, Bimbo, Carol and Nobert once again showed us why they are veterans in Nollywood – such a stellar cast!
On the flip side, I did think the conclusion of the case was rather underwhelming. I was super curious to see how the matter would be concluded and when it arrived, I was a tad disappointed because it was rather farcical. Furthermore, the conclusion of the film was overstretched and threatened to bore us a bit before it wound up. Ehen, I did notice some minor (and rather insignificant) technical slip ups. Firstly, the repeated use of the word “Counsels” is inaccurate as the word has no plural form and I also noticed the use of Plaintiff/Defendant to describe the parties to the Tribunal. The correct term is Applicant/Respondent respectively.
The Tribunal is a well thought out and properly executed film about the social malaise of discrimination against albinism. I must also note the way the producers managed to sneak in a bit of the history of Lagos and its tourism potentials (well played Kunle). Talking about sneaking in subtle stuff, I noticed that Kunle somehow managed to smuggle his son Darimisire into the film.
Admittedly, I enjoyed The Tribunal and if you want to see it (cheaply) click HERE for discounted tickets and feel free to leave your comment in the comment section or on my Twitter or Facebook page and let me know what you think about this film.
Eid Mubarak everyone.