Night falls over the city, bringing with it the Night Fever series, which begins at the First Wednesday Film Club with Relentless by Andy Amadi Okoroafor.


Night Fever features films from Africa that deal with the city by night. The films are screened once, monthly, at different venues across Johannesburg. The series will also highlight the launch of the English edition of Afropolis, a publication about African cities.

Relentless, a Nigerian, German and French film made in 2010, will be screened on 7 November at Atlas Studios, 33 Frost Avenue, Milpark at 7.30pm for 8pm. Admission is free. Atlas Studios has hosted the First Wednesday Film Club since its inception in 2004, with what started as an initiative aimed to encourage young filmmakers to share their work.

With one screening a month – on the first Wednesday of the month – the club exposes and explores different countries and themes. The studios explain: "Food that matches the theme or country of the evening and music by well-known DJs contribute to give the audience an artistic and culinary experience in addition to a creative boost. The films are followed by vibrant and interesting discussions and Q&A sessions with attending filmmakers."

It adds: "Initially, the target group was professionals in the film and TV industries, but over time the film club has grown to reach a broader group of film lovers who are interested in watching specific films that are not available on the local film circuit and who value the easy-going and inspiring atmosphere of this monthly event."

Relentless is directed by Okoroafor. His work is rooted in art, fashion, cinema, music, and publishing. Born in Nigeria, Okoroafor studies cinema in France. He started working in the fashion industry and the French Salon de Prêt-à-Porter. He was the art director for catwalk shows; and created catalogues, campaigns and clips.

The film is about Obi, a soldier who returns home to Lagos from war-torn Sierra Leone, and is Okoroafor's first feature film. Obi is trying to move on but is still haunted by his war experiences. In Lagos, he meets dangerous people and ricochets into his past. Relentless explores the vast canvas that is Lagos today, and also features Nigerian hip-hop and soul singer Nneka.