Fiery Film, producers of the internationally acclaimed and award winning films “Ojuju” & “O-Town” in association with DJ Tee Films present their next project, “Mami Wata,” inspired by the urban legend known as Mami Wata (Mother Water), who has taken many forms throughout the African diaspora.
You’d likely hear a variety of stories of what Mami Wata truly represents if you asked enough people. In some cases, she’s actually a good spirit, or a mermaid, whose presence in any one person’s life is a sign of good fortune. Others will describe her as cunning and seductive, or protective yet dangerous, a snake charmer, or a combination of all of the above. And just as varied are descriptions of her physical self – having long dark hair, very fair skin and compelling eyes; or, in other cases, short hair, and even bald. She may appear to her devotees (in dreams and visions) as a beautiful mermaid, complete with a tail; she is also said to walk the streets of African cities in the guise of a gorgeous but elusive woman. And the colors she most often wears are either red or white, or red and white.
To be directed by award-winning filmmaker C.J. Obasi, “Mami Wata” the Fiery Film, is described as a genre-bending revenge-thriller based on the Mami Wata folklore – a female-driven story that will star the likes of Lucy Ameh, Nita Byack-George, Paul Utomi, Kolade Shashi, Brutus Richard, & Bolaji Ogunmola as Mami Wata.
Obasi, who won the 2015 AMVCA Trailblazer award, will direct from his own script, with Oge Obasi producing.
Legendary music video pioneer and ace cinematographer, Adetokunbo “DJ Tee” Odubawo will lens the project, in addition to being co-executive producer.
Also attached to the film is AMVCA award winning costume designer, Obijie “Byge” Oru (“October 1,” “Being Mrs Elliot”), as well as AMVCA nominated & BON award winning make-up artist, Adefunke Olowu (“Ojuju”).
The project is set to begin principal photography in August in Lagos, Nigeria.