MAONA presents: Mami Wata + Director Q&A12A

Directed by C.J. Obasi | Nigeria | 2023 | 1h 47m | Fon w/ English subtitles | Starring Evelyne Ily Juhen, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Kelechi Udegbe, Emeka Amakeze

In the matriarchal ocean village of Iyi, West African water deity Mami Wata (‘Mother Water’) rules via an intermediary, revered village leader Mama Efe. But after a tragedy upsets the harmony of village life, unrest breaks out and sets off a violent clash of ideologies and a crisis of faith for the people of Iyi. Shot in striking black and white, Mami Wata is a futuristic, genre-bending fable that brings a West African deity to vibrant life.

MAONA presents a one-off screening followed by a Q&A with director C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi.

Reviews

‘This visually beautiful and charismatically acted film is a fierce expressionist reverie or parable of power, shot in a lustrous, high-contrast black-and-white by cinematographer Lílis Soares.’ 
★★★★
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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We showed MAONA presents: Mami Wata + Director Q&A between November 20, 2023 and November 20, 2023.

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