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

Iyi is a prosperous fishing village, where the Water Goddess, Mami Wata is worshipped. After many years, Zinwe returns to Iyi, where she confronts Jasper, who murdered her Mother and terrorizes the people of Iyi. But instead Jasper kills her and casts her into the sea. Zinwe is supernaturally reborn and returns to rid the village of Jasper and to restore it to its former way of life. After fulfilling this task, she returns to Mami Wata, her true Mother.

 


Participation avec l’appui de l’ambassade de France au Nigeria