On September 8, Nigerian Cinemas will finally host the long-awaited movie Mami Wata.
The celebrated West African folktale is one of the most anticipated movies by a Nigerian filmmaker.
Mami Wata is a 2023 black-and-white fantasy film written and directed by C.J. “Fiery” Obasi.
The film premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in January, marking Obasi’s third feature film to screen at Sundance. Sundance is reputed as one of the biggest film festivals in the world.
With this, “Mami Wata” made history as the first feature film from a Nigerian director to screen at Sundance.
At Sundance, the film captivated the jury, reviewers, and audiences.
Brazilian DOP Llis Soares’ stunning work helped the film win the special jury prize for cinematography.
Since its global premiere, the film has received positive reviews, multiple awards, and international deals. It also had its African premiere at FESPACO.
Mami Wata is also regarded as one of the indigenous Nigerian features that has traveled the most in the past few decades.
The film which was produced by veteran producer, Oge Obasi, was edited by Nathan Delannoy.
The cast on the production includes Rita Edochie, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Kelechi Udegbe, and Tough Bone.
The film, Mami Wata, which was shot entirely in Benin Republic, will be distributed in Nigeria by Film One Cinema.
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