Mami Wata

2023 / Nigeria / Fantasy / drama / 1h47m / West African Pidgin English, with English subtitles

Synopsis

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.

This is the third feature from director C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi, who represents a new wave of Nigerian filmmakers. The film is vividly shot in black-and-white and accompanied by an incredible oceanic soundscape and hypnotic score to frame its fantasy-fable. It won the Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Cinematography Award (Dramatic) and the African Critics Award, Cinematography Award, and Set Design Award at FESPACO in 2023.

Now Showing

24 March 2024 / Sun / 7.45pmAberystwyth Arts Centre

12 March 2024 / Tue / 8.15pmPontio Arts & Innovation Centre

24 March 2024 / Sun / 6.45pmTheatr Mwldan

4 March 2024 / Mon / 11amBarbican

18 March 2024 / Mon / 7.30pmTaliesin Arts Centre

Directed by

C.J. 'Fiery' Obasi