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In the oceanside village of Iyi, the revered Mama Efe (Rita Edochie) 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 daughter Zinwe (Uzoamaka Aniunoh) and skeptical protégé Prisca (Evelyne Ily Juhen) warn Efe about unrest among the villagers. With the sudden arrival of a mysterious rebel deserter named Jasper (Emeka Amakeze), 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.

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  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    107 minutes
  • Language
    West African Pidgin
  • Country
    Nigeria
  • Director
    C.J. "Fiery" Obasi
  • Screenwriter
    C.J. "Fiery" Obasi
  • Producer
    Oge Obasi
  • Cast
    Evelyne Ily,Uzoamaka Aniunoh,Kelechi Udegbe,Emeka Amakeze,Rita Edochie,Tough Bone