On December 18, 2011, the short film, “Nkiru”, premiered in Lagos, Nigeria. The film is a 12-minute supernatural thriller which incorporates the Nigerian mermaid myth, also known as “Mami Wata” (“Mummy Water”). It is produced by Nkechi Bakare of 37th State Productions and written and directed by internationally acclaimed up-and-coming film maker Bolaji Kekere-Ekun, also of 37th State Productions. The short film was recently featured on MTV’s documentary program, “Touching Base.”
The film is about a group of friends who go to the beach and disappear under mysterious circumstances. Talking about the reason for making the movie, writer/director Kekere-Ekun told MTV “…I’m really into myths and urban legends. There are a lot of those in Africa and in Nigeria but they haven’t been represented on the screen in a way that is accessible to anyone else apart from Nigerians. So, I’m trying to make a movie that speaks to a wider audience.”
“Nkiru” will be screened across Nigeria in 2012 and will also be available online eventually. To stay updated on all things “Nkiru”, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nkirushortfilm.
Watch the trailer! Are you spooked?
MTV Touching Base Documentary