“Waiting for Hassana”, a short film by produced by Uzodinma Iweala and directed by Ifunanya Maduka will premiere at the Sundance International Film Festival in the USA. The film is a powerful short film on that focuses on the delicate details of the lives of the Chibok girls kidnapped from their school in 2014.
“Waiting for Hassana” tells the story of one of the Chibok girls who escaped the kidnap, and her haunting account of a friendship forcefully interrupted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
Uzodinma first announced the film on his Instagram page, he said, “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.”
with 46,660 attendees in 2016, Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the U.S. It is held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.