“Manages to distill themes that are at once primal and complex with virtuosic simplicity via the film’s arresting score, its refined story and dialogue, and its black and white cinematography, which is more striking than most any modern Technicolor fantasy.”
—The New York Times (NYT Critic’s Pick)
“From its opening title design to the last notes of Tunde Jegede’s score, Mami Wata is a work of art.”
C.J. “Fiery” Obasi’s potent modern fable deploys vivid monochromatic black-and-white cinematography, rich sound design, and a hypnotic score in a folk-futurist style both earthy and otherworldly.
Obasi depicts a pitched battle between opportunistic militants promising technological progress and a matriarchal spiritual order living in fragile harmony with the ocean.
MAMI WATA transports us to a place that seems both suspended in time and, perhaps, running out of time as the threats of modern life wash up on its shores.