‘Mami Wata‘, the movie directed by C.J Obasi, has been selected for the 2023 edition of the Sundance Film Festival.
The event is an annual film festival organised by the Sundance Institute and dubbed the largest independent film festival in the United States.
It brings together storytellers, documentaries, short films, episodic storytelling, lively filmmaker conversations, and panel discussions.
Next year’s edition of the festival is scheduled to hold in Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States from January 19 to 29.
In a statement sent to TheCable Lifestyle on Wednesday, the movie producers said ‘Mami Wata’ will take part in its world cinema dramatic competition.
It also said the development makes the project the first Nigerian film to be selected for the world cinema dramatic competition of the festival.
The movie, produced by Oge Obasi, follows the story of two sisters who rose to defend their village when it came under attack and restore the glory of a mermaid goddess to the land.
According to the statement, the film’s selection for the world cinema dramatic competition makes it a nominee for the festival’s world cinema grand jury prize as well as directing, and special jury award.
Commenting on the development, Film One Distribution, distributors of the film, said the feat is a boost for the Nigerian film industry.
On his part, CJ Obasi said: “I am so very thrilled about this selection. It is such a great honour and honestly, it feels surreal. I mean, you put in the work and hope for the best, then when recognition comes, it is both remarkable and very fulfilling.
“It is also a challenge to keep raising the bar and inspiring others to do the same.”
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