Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman
Directed by Biyi Bandele
2022, 96 min
This cinematic adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s acclaimed anti-colonial stage play, Death and the King’s Horseman. Inspired by true life events in the Oyo Empire in the 1940s, Elesin Oba, the king’s chief horseman, prepares to die in order to fulfill his lifelong debt of ritual suicide to accompany the dead Alaafin to the realm of the ancestors. Beloved Director Biyi Bandele (1967–2022) puts ancient customs on trial in this film about the ever-increasingly post-modern and Western world.
In Yoruba with English subtitles.