Trouble Sleep (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 40min

Alain Kassanda’s freewheeling urban portrait follows two young men, Fred and Akin, as they navigate the crowded roadways of Ibadan, Nigeria’s third largest city. Engineering graduate Fred is beginning a new job as a taxi driver, whilst Akin patrols a busy intersection collecting tax for the National Transport Union. As they traverse the frenetic streets, the systems and networks that underlie the city begin to be exposed, revealing the order that lies beneath all the noise and apparent chaos. Punctuated by exuberant musical sequences, Trouble Sleep is a dynamic, impressionistic city symphony capturing Ibadan’s distinct rhythms from a street-level perspective.

Screens with: ( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ) | Charles Fairbanks, Saúl Kak | 2019 | Mexico | 18’

Nini, What Time Is It There? | Sabrina Zhao | 2020 | Canada | 33’

Please be advised that a film in this programme contains references to self-harm which some viewers may find distressing.

Available to book here. All films included in this package will become available for viewing on 9th September at midday.

Please note, this film is only available to view in the UK


Alain Kassanda


English, Yoruba

Bonus Content

26 mins
Trouble Sleep Director Q&A

Q&A with director Alain Kassanda. Hosted by Karen Alexander.

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