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Two Independent Nigerian films will screen at the 49th annual Seattle International Film Festival
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Between May 11–21, 2023 Seattle moviegoers will go on a cinematic odyssey at venues across the city, followed by a week of select films streaming on the SIFF Channel May 22–28.
Two Nigerian films that will screen at the festival are, All the Colours of The World Are Between Black and White and Mami Wata.
All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White is a 2023 Nigerian romantic drama film produced by Damilola Orimogunje, written and directed by Babatunde Apalowo in his directorial debut. The film follows an understated but heart-wrenching look at the love between two men in modern-day Nigeria, where such love is forbidden, as the motorcycle courier and aspiring photographer grow closer as they explore Lagos—winner of the Berlinale Teddy Award.
The film stars Tope Tedela, Riyo David, Martha Ehinome Orhiere, and Uchechika Elumelu.
Mami Wata is a 2023 Nigerian black-and-white fantasy film written and directed by C. J. Obasi, based on West African folklore. This fantasy film follows the citizens of a fictional West African village as their faith in a water deity is challenged by forces from without and within. The film premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, marking Obasi’s third feature to screen at Sundance.
The film stars Evelyne Ily, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Emeka Amakeze, Kelechi Udegbe, Rita Edochie.
Below are African pictures that will screen at the film festival.
ALL THE COLOURS OF THE WORLD ARE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE
dir. Babatunde Apalowo
THE BLUE CAFTAN
dir. Maryam Touzani
dir. Sam Soko, Lauren DeFilippo
dir. Lotfy Nathan
MAMI WATA – A WEST AFRIKAN FOLKLORE
dir. C.J. “Fiery” Obasi
dir. Milisuthando Bongela (Xhosa Nation)
All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White will screen on Monday, May 15, 2023, and Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at the film festival. While Mami Wata will be screened on Friday, May 12, 2023, and Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the Film Festival.