Daniel Obasi Probes The Past And Present Igbo Culture For New Short Film

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Nigerian creative, Daniel Obasi is known for pushing the envelope in the creative scene, as he thoughtfully brings to light social issues in a yet engaging way.

The artist, following his last short film, Alien In Town, which he teamed up with Vlisco&co, just released Udara, a film that explores past and present Igbo culture.

Along with photographer Yagazie Emezi, his latest edition highlighting Eastern Nigeria presents a unified visual narrative exploring the old and new traditions of Igbo culture and its connection with Vlisco wax.

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Obasi’s short film, Udara, is a spiritual experimental fantasy that pays homage to Igbo culture’s complex diversity through its symbolism, music, traditional beliefs, and the tension between Christianity and traditional religion that’s ever-present in Igbo communities. The film is deliberately timeless, drawing inspiration from the past and present in hopes to expand the perspective of what is possible with Igbo culture.

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The synopsis continues:

After the loss of a dear one, two girls take a trip back to their hometown in an attempt to connect with the past. Ada is constantly haunted by dreams of herself in a different lifetime, [while] Nne, her sister, tries to guide and console her. Agu and Eze both stand on opposing ends of the conversation of religion. Agu [is] a crusader for tradition but is somehow still a church goer and Eze is stuck between proving himself traditionally as an Igbo man or following his father’s dreams to become a church priest. Ironically, Agu and Ada (both strangers) are caught up in the same mystical dream from a lifetime ago until they run into each other.

In Udara, Obasi also explores the concept of ilo uwa, or reincarnation—”the belief that someone can be re-born in another lifetime.”

As part of Daniel’s portfolio, he recently styled an editorial shot by Ruth Ossai for Miu Miu

Photography Credits: Vlisco&Co


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