Grand Voyage with Africa

“The Bigger Picture”, is a story of an eighty three year old ( 83yr) Japanese Painter, who comes out 3times a week, 3hours each of those days every week to paint the PAGODA TEMPLE from different angles.
He has painted the same building for more than 50times now and still counting.

World Premiere
  • Director:Uren Nuhu Makut
  • Nigeria, Japan
  • 2022
  • 11min.
  • color
  • -
  • English, Japanese
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movie trailer
"Coming from the Giant of Africa , this is totally Strange and Exciting to me, seeing a National Treasure that is 1300yrs old still standing, and will be closed for Renovation that will take approximately 10yrs to complete. One of the Passionate / Patriotic citizen comes out to paint it, and has completed more than fifty (50) now and still counting, before its being closed from the public. He is preserving the PAGODA TEMPLE through painting, while the Government is preserving it by Renovating it. It is magical to see how the preservation of culture and national treasures amongst others things has helped Japan and it's people develop as a country. The role of cultural preservation can not be overemphasized. It has great importance moving forward as a nation and as a people."
Uren Nuhu Makut

My name is Uren Nuhu Makut From Plateau State Nigeria. I am the last born from a family of Six. I was born in Plateau State , in a community called Bokkos.
I went to startrite school in Jos for my primary education, then moved to A-Z International College Lagos Nigeria for my secondary education and completed in 2008.
My filmmaking career started when I enrolled for a Diploma in Television Production at Nigerian Television College ( NTA) , Jos from 2010 to 2012.
From there I got admission to study Mass Communication at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, from 2012 to 2016, and graduated with a BSc in Mass Communication.
My Film ” Life as it Is” won AFRICAST Best Docu-Drama and AFRICAST Best Producer in 2012 amongst others.
The UNESCO-Nara Residency for young African Female Filmmakers, which happened in 2022, launched me into becoming an International Film Director.

Recommendations from the NIFF Supporters

The author was impressed by the story of the large-scale repair of the five-story pagoda of Kofukuji Temple. As the author researched the story in detail, he learned of the connection between the five-story pagoda and Nigeria. A chance encounter with a painter at Sarusawa Pond leads to a story halfway around the world.

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