Mami Wata

Dir: C.J. 'Fiery' Obasi
Cast: Evelyne Ily Juhen, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Emeka Amakeze
107mins   2023   Nigeria | France | UK   12A   Fon    Subtitled   

This genre-bending tale brings to life a futuristic fable that fuses spiritual beliefs with inter-generational tensions. Set in the matriarchal ocean village of Iyi, where West African water deity, Mami Wata, reigns via village leader Mama Efe it uniquely brings to the screen a story of mythology, fantasy, and folklore.

When the harmony of the village is threatened, two sisters must fight to restore order, as traditions of the past crash with calls from the future.

'Manages to distill themes that are at once primal and complex with virtuosic simplicity via the film’s arresting score, its refined story and dialogue and its black and white cinematography, which is more striking than most any modern Technicolor fantasy' - Brandon Yu, New York Times

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