Director: C.J. 'Fiery' Obasi Run Time: 107 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2023
Starring: Emeka Amakeze, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Kelechi Udegbe, Rita Edochie, Uzoamaka Aniunoh
Screenwiter: C.J. “Fiery” Obasi
Producer: Oge Obasi
In the oceanside village of Iyi, the revered Mama Efe acts as an intermediary between the people and the all-powerful water deity Mami Wata. But when a young boy is lost to a virus, Efe’s devoted but rebellious daughter Zinwe and skeptical protégé Prisca warn Efe about unrest among the villagers. With the sudden arrival of a mysterious rebel deserter named Jasper, a conflict erupts, leading to a violent clash of ideologies and a crisis of faith for the people of Iyi.
C.J. “Fiery” Obasi’s potent modern fable deploys vivid monochromatic black-and-white cinematography, rich sound design, and a hypnotic score in a folk-futurist style both earthy and otherworldly. Obasi depicts a pitched battle between opportunistic militants promising technological progress and a matriarchal spiritual order living in fragile harmony with the ocean. Mami Wata transports us to a place that seems both suspended in time and perhaps running out of time, as the threats of modern life wash up on its shores.
“Breathtaking. Mami Wata is a work of art.” — IndieWire
“A beautiful, stark fantasy. Striking, expressionist fantasy Mami Wata is a mesmerizing African Dreamscape.” — Paste Magazine