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Coconut Head Generation

1h 29m Documentary 2023

UK Digital Premiere

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This film is fully subtitled in English

This rousing film gives front seat access to the lively, political, and impassioned student Film Club, where students meet weekly and unpack critical issues facing young people in Nigeria today. Every Thursday in the University of Ibadan, the oldest university in Nigeria, the student-run Film Club discusses films from around the world. Contrary to stereotypes of the new generation embodied in the Nigerian expression “Coconut Head Generation”—used to describe “stubborn and brainless youth”—these students transform a small lecture hall into an essential space for debate on pressing social issues from education and elections to gender and equality.

Winner, Grand Prix, Cinéma du Réel 2023

Official Selection, IDFA 2023

Coconut Head Generation showcases the brilliance and resilience of young Nigerians who are coming together despite individual and collective struggles to create a space for themselves and reclaim their power. Their raw and rich perspectives challenge received wisdom as they engage ideas and each other, seeking new ways to shape society for good.” - Anietie Ewang, researcher, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

Content Advisory: This film contains references to violence, and images of police violence against protesters.

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Alain Kassanda


Emilie Guitard


English, Pidgin English, French, Yoruba


France, Nigeria