The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee has selected the Sundance Festival award-winning film ‘Mami Wata’ as a contender for the 96th Academy Awards International Feature Film category.
The selection has garnered overwhelming support from the Nigerian film industry and movie lovers.
The movie Director, CJ Obasi, described the film’s Oscars journey as key for Nigeria’s perception on the global scene.
According to him, Mami Wata’s selection as Nigeria’s entry for the 2024 Oscars is significant.
He stated, “It is significant for what it symbolises as far as how we want to be represented, perceived and the images we want to put out of ourselves, our stories and tradition to the rest of the world. It is the beginning of a new conversation and a call to arms and support for all who dream and aspire for a new narrative around us and around our stories.
“This is cinema, but this transcends cinema. This is a fight for our identity, and a seeking of meaning and balance, in a world where chaos and confusion increasingly thrive.”
Obasi’s ‘Mami Wata’ weaves a compelling narrative, showcasing the story of a West African goddess and her diminishing influence in a struggling village, depicted with striking poignancy in a captivating black-and-white visual palette.
The film, which had its theatrical releases in Nigeria and other countries, won the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2023 for its vivid black-and-white cinematography.
The 96th Oscars will take place on March 10, 2024.
The show will go live on ABC and in over 200 territories worldwide, from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation, Hollywood.