Ije or Ijé: The Journey is a 2010 Nigerian drama film directed by Chineze Anyaene, and starring Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Genevieve Nnaji, and Odalys García. The film was highly criticially acclaimed, winning several awards and receiving several nominations.
Chioma (Genevieve Nnaji) travels from Nigeria to the United States to aide her sister Anya (Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde) who is being charged with the murder of three men including her own husband.
Ijé: The Journey was highly critically acclaimed. The Independent wrote: “Ijé is an unsparing, outsider’s portrayal of America’s social prejudices, one that Hollywood films cannot construct themselves. Anyaene nails social comedy too; my favourite exchange involves the protagonist Chioma investigating an affluent white American home. A petite homeowner swings open the door and chirps, “We already give to the Jolie-Pitt fund every year…thank you though!” “. Film critic Gbenga Awomodu, reviewing for CP Africa praised the cinematography and acting, remarking that the film “brings to the fore some important themes in today’s world, including love, racism, culture, stigma and life as an immigrant in a foreign country”. He further emphasised that the film is illustrative of culture clashes between Nigeria and the US in attitude rowards rape, and the culture of shame, silence and stigma associated with it.
The film garnered the Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival, the Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, the Melvin van Peebles Award at the San Francisco Black Festival, and the Festival Prize for Best International Student at Swansea Bay Film Festival, awarded by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Sheen.