Nigerian Film, Mami Wata Wins Sundance Film Festival Award

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Mary Ugwuanyi

Mami Wata, a Nigerian film has won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Cinematography at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

The film directed by CJ Obasi and produced by Oge Obasi was recognized by the Sundance Film Festival, which is one of the most highly-rated film festivals in the world.

Rita Edochie appears in a still from Mami Wata by C.J “Fiery” Obasi , an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

The award speaks volumes about the hard work and dedication put into the film’s cinematography by Lílis Soares and the entire “Mami Wata” team.

CJ Obasi while commenting on the award, said, “It means a lot. This was a dream, we worked so hard on this. A testament to what we were trying to create with the cinematography of the film. Lílis would say, ‘Aesthetics is political.”

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The film “Mami Wata” is a powerful and thought-provoking story that explores the complexities of Nigerian culture and society through the eyes of the protagonist, a young woman who discovers the truth about her heritage and the forces that shape her identity. The film’s cinematography is a key element in bringing this story to life, and it is a testament to the talent and skill of Lílis Soares and the entire “Mami Wata” team.

The distribution firm behind the film, FilmOne Entertainment, expressed thrill with the feat.

Reacting in a statement issued by its CEO, Moses Babatope, the firm said they are proud to partake in film that is making an impact in the Nigerian film industry and promoting the country’s talent and human resources on the global scene.

Babatope said, “We congratulate the entire team of ‘Mami Wata’ for this outstanding achievement and look forward to seeing more of their work in the future.”

Source: Punch

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