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Hello, Rain
Directed byC.J. Obasi
Produced byOge Obasi
Screenplay byC.J. Obasi
Based onHello, Moto
by Nnedi Okorafor
Starring
  • Keira Hewatch
  • Tunde Aladese
  • Ogee Nelson
Music byWache Pollen
CinematographyIdhebor Kagho
Edited byJosephine Oku-Fackla
Production
company
Fiery Film Company
IGODO Films
Matanya Films
Release date
2018
Running time
30 mins
CountryNigeria
LanguageEnglish

Hello, Rain is a 2018 Afrofuturistic short film directed by C.J. 'Fiery' Obasi. The film is an adaptation of the Afrofuturistic short story ‘‘Hello, Moto’’ written by the Nigerian-American award winning writer Nnedi Okorafor.

It premiered at the 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen on 6 May, 2018.[1] The film explores the theme of greed, lust for power and moral decadence in modern society.

Hello, Rain is directed by award-winning Nigerian filmmaker, C.J. Obasi, the creator of award winning films O-Town and Ojuju.[1] It first screened in Nigeria at the 2018 edition of African International Film Festival.[2]

Plot[edit | edit source]

The story follows Rain, a young woman who fuses witchcraft and science to create wigs for she and two of her friends, Philo and Coco.

Rain had created the wigs in order to make their society a better place through the power the wig affords anyone who wears it but she found out that her friends had been consumed by their new found powers and instead had become evil and vain.

Rain regrets creating the wigs, renounces its powers and struggles to dissuade her friends from using them.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Tunde Aladese as Philo
  • Ogee Nelson as Coco
  • Nnedimma Gemma Ofili-Egungwu as Woman with Baby
  • Imoudu Ayonote as Mob Member
  • Emmanuel Ilemobayo as Mob Member
  • Babajide Alimison as Mob Member
  • Abahugwa Joseph Chijioke as Mob Member
  • Ngoyima Akinsemoyin as Market Woman
  • Isaac Akah as Video Retailer
  • Samuel Asa'ah as Rain’s Man

Development & Production[edit | edit source]

In an interview with Shadow And Act website, C. J. Obasi, when questioned on working with Nnedi Okorafor, said ‘‘ever since I heard about Nnedi Okorafor, I’ve been dying to work on something of hers. I wanted it so bad. And sometimes, I think in reality, as it is with fiction, when you want something bad enough, the Universe makes a way. …She was open from the beginning. Crazy part is, before I reached out to her, she had heard about me and my work. She was already loving Ojuju.’’[3]

In February 2017, Fiery Film production company optioned Nnedi Okorafor's science meets witchcraft short story, Hello, Moto. This was announced by Nnedi on her Facebook page.[4][5]

The movie was produced by TV and Film producer Oge Obasi and filmed in Lagos state, Nigeria, while screenplay and direction was handled by C.J. Obasi for Fiery Films Productions.

Awards and Nominations[edit | edit source]

Hello, Rain was selected to play in the 2018 edition of BFI London Film Festival and was also nominated for an Short Film Award category.[6]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "CJ Obasi's Afrofuturistic Film, "Hello, Rain" To Premiere At Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen Short Film Festival". TNS. 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  2. Bada, Gbenga. "AFRIFF 2018: Here are the 140 films to be screened at festival". Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  3. "C.J. Obasi on adapting Nnedi Okorafor's Afrofuturistic 'Hello, Moto' & telling alternative African stories". shadowandact.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  4. Izuzu, Chidumga. "Meet the cast of "Hello, Rain," a sci-fi Nollywood film that merges magic and technology". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  5. "Nnedi Okorafor". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  6. "C.J. Obasi's "Hello, Rain" Selected for BFI London Film Festival! | Xplorenollywood". xplorenollywood.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.

Hello, Rain[edit | edit source]

Category:Afrofuturism Category:Nigerian films Category:Short films


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