When a farm goes aflame


A filmmaker completes his debut film: A reflection on his parents assumed monogamous long-distance marriage as well as his own Nigerian background and identity. He thereafter accidentally discovers his father’s secret; a second family throughout the last 30 years, a life secret that escaped the initial film. This revelation sends the filmmaker on a new quest, now focusing on his retired Danish mother and his newly acquainted younger Nigerian half-brother. “When a farm goes aflame” is set in the aftermath of a lifetime of secrecy and denial.


Jide Tom AKINLEMINU is a Danish – Nigerian documentary film director and cinematographer. After attending the Danish School of Photography “Fatamorgana”, he relocated in 2004 to Berlin to study cinematography at the German Film school. As a cinematographer, he shot several award-winning films, such as the short film Kokon, which was acclaimed for its unique visual style and was awarded with Germany ́s most prestigious film award, the Golden Lola, in 2010. His diploma film, Portrait of a lone farmer, premiered at CPH: DOX in 2013. It won recognition at numerous festivals and received the “African Movie Academy Award” in 2014.