From ‘Evil Dead’ to ‘Mami Wata’: CJ and Oge Obasi’s fascinating swim at Sundance – From ‘Evil Dead’ to ‘Mami Wata’: CJ and Oge Obasi’s fascinating swim at Sundance – Tekedia Forum

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From “Evil Dead” to “Mami Wata”: CJ and Oge Obasi’s fascinating swim to Sundance

If you’re a fan of horror films, you may have heard of CJ Obasi, the Nigerian filmmaker who directed the 2013 indie hit “Ojuju,” a zombie thriller set in the slums of Lagos. But you may not know that CJ has a twin sister, Oge Obasi, who is also a filmmaker and writer. Together they created a unique and captivating short film titled “Mami Wata”, which was selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival {2024}.

“Mami Wata” is a supernatural drama that explores the myth of the water spirit revered and feared in many African cultures. The film follows a young woman named Ada, who is haunted by visions of Mami Wata after witnessing a brutal murder. As she attempts to cope with her trauma, she discovers that she has a special connection to water and the spirit world.

The film draws on the Obasis’ own experiences growing up in Nigeria, where they were exposed to various stories and beliefs about Mami Wata. They also drew inspiration from their love of horror films, particularly Sam Raimi’s classic “Evil Dead” franchise. In fact, they used some of the same techniques and tricks that Raimi employed in his films, such as low-budget practical effects, camera movements, and sound design.

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The result is a stunning and original film that captivatingly blends horror, fantasy and folklore. The film also showcases the talents of the Nigerian film industry, which is often overlooked or stereotyped by mainstream media. The Obasis worked with a talented cast and crew, including lead actress Nneka Edozie, who delivers a powerful performance as Ada.

The Obasis are thrilled and honored to have their film selected for Sundance, one of the most prestigious and influential film festivals in the world. They hope that their film will reach a wider audience and generate more interest and curiosity in African cinema and culture. They also hope that their film will inspire other filmmakers, especially young Africans, to tell their own stories and express their own visions.

“Mami Wata” is a film that celebrates the power of imagination, creativity and storytelling. It is a film that challenges the stereotypes and expectations that often limit African cinema. It is a film that highlights the beauty and diversity of African culture and spirituality. This is a movie you don’t want to miss.

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