Archive of films Mami Wata – A West Afrikan Folklore / Mami Wata

Nigeria / France / United Kingdom
2023, 107 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2023


In the remote Nigerian seaside village of Iyi, the people still venerate the water goddess known as Mami Wata. One day, the waves wash ashore a stranger who is taken in by the local leader Mama Efe and her daughters. But instead of gratitude and respect, the newcomer Jasper seeks to subjugate the traditional matriarchy. A distinctive contribution to the Nigerian New Wave, Mami Wata tells of the cost of progress and explores the accompanying crisis of faith. One of the winning films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, it stands out in particular for its stunning visual style and poetic black-and-white images.

Šárka Gmiterková

About the director

C.J. "Fiery" Obasi

C.J. “Fiery” Obasi (Owerri, Nigeria). Filmography: Ojuju (2014)​, O-town (2015)​, Hello Rain (2018, short)​, ​​Juju Stories (2021), Mami Wata – A West Afrikan Folklore (Mami Wata, 2023).


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About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: C.J. "Fiery" Obasi
Screenplay: C.J. “Fiery” Obasi
Dir. of Photography: Lilis Soares
Music: Tunde Jegede
Sound: Samy Bardet
Editor: Nathan Delannoy
Art Director: C.J. “Fiery” Obasi
Producer: Oge Obasi
Production: Fiery Film Company LTD
Cast: Evelyne Ily, Uzomaka Aniunoh, Emema Amakeze, Kelechi Udegbe, Rita Edochie
Sales: Alief


C.J. "Fiery" Obasi

Film Director

Oge Obasi



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