Source: Cover image: Elizabeth of Toro © Stephen Goldblatt/ Modern Art Film Archiv

50 years of Things Fall Apart (1971) Exhibition & Retrospective / Lagos

(Press release)

Francis Oladele and Chinua Achebe. © Stephen Goldblatt/ Modern Art Film Archiv

"In time for the 50th anniversary of the film adaptation of Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, icon of postcolonial literature, more than 2000 unpublished film stills, various production papers, correspondences, as well as a film print of the production from 1970 has been found in the estate of the Berlin filmmaker Jason Pohland (1934-2014). Things Fall Apart was made in Nigeria shortly after the Biafra war and had been lost for decades. As a result, little was known about the circumstances and the creation of this film."
From July 18 to September 4, 2021, the Modern Art Film Archiv organises an exhibition and retrospective celebrating 50 years of the film THINGS FALL APART (co-produced by Francis Oladele),

The Exhibition »Film Stills by Stephen Goldblatt« will be on display at Tinubu Square from July 24 to September 4. 

The Retrospective »Festival of Forgotten Films« will take place at the Nigerian Film Corporation between July 31 and August 8.

Find full information about the programme here and at

CaptionThings Fall Apart / Nigeria / 1970 /
On Set. © Stephen Goldblatt/ Modern Art Film Archiv