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Latest Nollywood movie Eagle Wings Premieres In Lagos

Movie lovers, practitioners and critics who graced the premiere of ‘Eagle Wings’ penultimate Sunday at Blue Pictures Cinema, Lagos will certainly agree that the blockbuster has set a record within the Nigerian film industry .

The military-themed movie, a first of its kind in Nigeria, was produced and directed by Paul Apel Papel in partnership with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Investments Limited, an investment arm of the NAF.

Eagle Wings’ follows the story of an Air Force combat pilot who must navigate his way to safety amid an insurgency. It highlights the sacrifices of the military in combating insecurity and keeping the peace of the state. The movie also explores the usually tragic, yet thrilling mission in battling for all times , peace, and freedom to love, within the face of great danger.

Speaking at the premiere, Papel recounted how the thought for the movie which he described as the biggest Nollywood-Military collaboration was borne “The defence headquarters sent for a gathering with Nollywood that they wanted us to put together a story of the military which has been negative prior, whereas these guys are going through a lot trying to secure the country.

Continuing, he said “I had friends among the pilots, so it had been easy for me to tell their stories. in this film, you'll see why the insurgency isn't giving up on the fight. Of course, if we give the military the type of support they need, they're going to win.

He added that the movie was shot on Arri film camera Open Gate 4444xq codec with Orion Anamorphic lenses. , “I now understand why American films look different from ours. the kind of instruments we used for this movie are sophisticated.

Shot in Maiduguri, Kaduna and Abuja, and Kanji, Lapel revealed that about N145m was spent in producing the film. “The money is far more than that because there was another support we got that's not quantified.

On his part, Nollywood actor Enyinna Nwigwe, who played the lead said the movie is a national treasure that tells the story of bravery, love and humanity.

The kind of support we got from the Nigerian Air Force was mind-blowing, we filmed across different air force bases. 

I didn’t know they might be as supportive as they were. Giving us access to the equipment that we used, the fighter jets, automated rifles, and manpower… it had been amazing, without missing or losing any sense of security within the process.

The movie based on true events, stars Femi Jacobs, Enyinna Nwigwe, Yakubu Mohammed, Keppy Ekpeyong, Francis Duru, Uzee Usman, Paul Apel Papel, Funky Mallam, Saeed Mohammed, Patience Ujah among others.

The late movie veteran, Sadiq Daba, also starred within the film, playing the role of the president of Nigeria.

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