It is believed that the Mami Wata is the benevolent spirit for good fortune, health, and endless riches. Some believe that she is a jealous force for evil, unleashing trouble and wreaking havoc on those that cross her. Either way you choose to look at it, the legend of the Mami Wata is one that is intriguing and fascinating. The 37th State with its documentary “Lady In The Water”, (directed by Tolu Itegboje and produced by Bolaji Kekere-Ekun), seeks to unravel the myth surrounding the long-revered and long-feared legend of the water-goddess widely known as “Mami Wata”.
The documentary also acknowledges the different manifestations of the ‘lady in the water’ archetype across Africa as well as on other continents. With narrations of real-life experiences, insights and contributions from acclaimed historians including, filmmaker Tunde Kelani, Dr. Sotiris Papadoupolos, as well as Mami Wata worshippers and skeptics; this documentary is as informative as it is entertaining. While examining the history and spirituality of the myth, as well as the good-fortune and destruction befalling the lives of those who come across her, this documentary is quite informative.
Lady in the Water is a prelude to the 37th State short film, Nkiru, which will be released on BellaNaija on Thursday, the 6th December 2012.
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