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Ifunanya Maduka And Uzodinma Iweala’s ‘Waiting For Hassana’ Is An Intriguing New Take Film On The Chibok Girls

Author of ‘Beast of No Nation’ Uzodinma Iweala has confirmed that he has teamed up with Ifunanya Maduka to tell an interesting story in a short film called ‘Waiting For Hassana’ which will premiere at Sundance this Friday, January 20th.

The film tells of the events of 2014, in which 276 teenage girls came together for exams in Chibok, Nigeria—by dawn, nearly all had disappeared, and their school was burned to the ground. Jessica, an escapee, shares her haunting account of a friendship violently interrupted by Boko Haram.

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Uzodinma Iweala wrote on his instagram;

So I haven’t told anyone but Funa Maduka and I made a film called Waiting for Hassana, and that film premiers at #sundance Friday January 20th, 2017

Over a year and a half ago my mom called me into her study and said “Uzo some stories just need to be told,” and she spoke about the trip she made to the school in Chibok where almost three years ago 276 young women were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. My mom introduced me to a local journalist and her husband, a doctor, who helped to facilitate contact with a number of these brave young women who escaped during the first day of captivity and who have committed to continuing their education as a way of paying tribute to their still abducted friends. I teamed up with my friend Funa Maduka (who directed this marvelous work) and Victor Okhai (our amazing cinematographer) and together we made a film that I hope speaks to the strength and resilience of not just these wonderful young women, but also their community and our country, Nigeria.
A film like this is the result of so much team work and intense passion. My hope is that it adds to an important and ongoing conversation about a crisis in a country we love.
Thank you to the young women who shared their stories and the crew, producers, and everyone for the hard work and dedication in making this happen. Thank you especially to Funa for your perseverance and creative vision. https://www.sundance.org/projects/waiting-for-hassana

So I haven't told anyone but Funa Maduka and I made a film called Waiting for Hassana, and that film premiers at #sundance Friday January 20th, 2017 Over a year and a half ago my mom called me into her study and said "Uzo some stories just need to be told," and she spoke about the trip she made to the school in Chibok where almost three years ago 276 young women were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. My mom introduced me to a local journalist and her husband, a doctor, who helped to facilitate contact with a number of these brave young women who escaped during the first day of captivity and who have committed to continuing their education as a way of paying tribute to their still abducted friends. I teamed up with my friend Funa Maduka (who directed this marvelous work) and Victor Okhai (our amazing cinematographer) and together we made a film that I hope speaks to the strength and resilience of not just these wonderful young women, but also their community and our country, Nigeria. A film like this is the result of so much team work and intense passion. My hope is that it adds to an important and ongoing conversation about a crisis in a country we love. Thank you to the young women who shared their stories and the crew, producers, and everyone for the hard work and dedication in making this happen. Thank you especially to Funa for your perseverance and creative vision. https://www.sundance.org/projects/waiting-for-hassana

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Ifunanya Maduka also shared the news of the film on Instagram a couple of weeks ago saying:

A year ago today, filming commenced on a short #documentary that aimed to tell the story of loss and resilience in the wake of the brutal kidnapping of 276 school girls from #Chibok in northern Nigeria. Today, I’m happy to share that WAITING FOR HASSANA (my directorial debut 😳) will world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2 wks!

This was a passion project that quickly took on a life of its own. So many to thank – but I’m going to keep this edition short(-ish). You can stop reading now, but if you want to know more about the dream team, read on! Link in bio. 🎨: Desi Moore

First my producing partner @uiweala, who likely didn’t fully know what he was doing when he trusted me to direct a film on an issue he cares about deeply – but I thank him for it and for the work, insight and wisdom he gave throughout this journey. Uzo also brought on our amazing cinematographer @victorokhai, who has definitively been the soul of our team and just brilliant all around. I thank@piusfatoke for making the road journey with us to northern Nigeria and providing us top class sound. When filming was done, we were incredibly lucky to have@jentieixiera join, editor extraodinaire, going well above and beyond, at times doubling as my therapist lol. To my abundantly generous sister@uzoamaka.m and my forever there seestah @mjavadi ,thank you both for your guidance and watching cut after cut after cut (even when I only changed one frame haha). And to#SaulSimonMacWilliams – who I am eternally grateful for interpreting my vision into such a gorgeous score, thank you for sending him our way @danromer. Our financiers Ann and Andrew Tisch, Edward Tyler Nahem and Nnamdi Asomugha – who not only wrote checks, but also wrapped the team in support and love. Last but not least, my family, Mom, If, Nonso, Onochie, Ona and Niles.

Many more helped make this project come to life (last count, 40+) and many are still joining its journey (all are welcome!) but for this announcement – wanted to focus on these folks, for without them this milestone would have been impossible. If you are coming to#Sundance we #worldpremiere on Friday, Jan 20! #sundance2016#waitingforhassana #chibokgirls

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You can learn more about the film HERE and HERE

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