C.J. Obasi

Writer / Director

Nigeria

C.J. fondly called “Fiery” or “The Fiery One” is a genre-filmmaker from Nigeria, whose feature debut OJUJU – a zero budget film and O-Town, screened in many film festivals, such as Fantasia Film Festival and Goteborg Film Festival, and won many many awards, as well as critical acclaim from the likes of IndieWire, Shadow & Act, Screen Anarchy and The Hollywood Reporter. He is one-third of the new cinema collective from Nigeria known as Surreal16; they produced & directed the anthology short film Visions which has screened in many film festivals, and received the Jury Prize for Best Film at In-Short Film Festival, as well as the for Best Short Film nomination at the forthcoming Africa Movie Academy Awards. He is presently in the funding / development stage for Mami Wata – a black and white female-driven fantasy thriller.
Obasi acquired the option to Hello, Moto an African-Futuristic short story by the World Fantasy award winning author, Nnedi Okorafor. The short film titled Hello, Rain premiere in the Oscar-qualifying International Competition of the Internationale Short Film (Kurzfilmtage) Oberhausen in May 2018, and has screened in over 20 festivals, including Fantasia Film Festival, Montreal where it received the Special Mention of the Jury prize, and the BFI London Film Festival where it was nominated for the Short Film Award. Hello, Rain has also been featured on CNN and BBC.

Project

Mami Wata

In Iyi village, villagers worship the mermaid deity MAMI WATA and turn to their healer MAMA EFE, the intermediary between them and Mami Wata, as well as Mama Efe’s daughter, ZINWE, and her protégé, PRISCA. When their children begin to die and disappear, JABI, a local resident, casts doubt on the population, while Zinwe flees, driven by her own anguish. Soon, the arrival of a rebellious warlord, JASPER, tips the scales in Jabi’s favor, and with the village under new control, Prisca and Zinwe must plot to save their people and restore Mami Wata’s glory to Iyi.


Participation with the support of the French Embassy in Nigeria