hello rain

January 22, 2018

words by: Vane Karolle

The year in film rings in with some Afrofuturism as a sci-fi tale will be coming to Nigeria (& Africa at large) all thanks to Nigerian-American writer, Nnedi Okoroafor. Following the writer’s success last year what with the announcement of an upcoming HBO series based on her novel Who Fears Death; her creation of the just-out digital-first Black Panther comic; the release of her second novel in her Akata Series, Akata Warriors, Okoroafor starts off strong with her science fiction novel Hello Moto being adapted into a short film titled Hello Rain by Nigerian director, CJ Fiery Obasi, the brain behind the Afro zombie spine-chiller, Ojuju.

The Afrofuturistic tale connects science and witchcraft spotlighting three women - Rain (Keira Hewatch), Philo (Tunde Aladase) and Coco (Ogee Nelson) who don wigs with otherworldly powers.

“There is witchcraft in science and a science to witchcraft. Both will conspire against you eventually.
We were three women. Three friends. We had goals, hopes and dreams. We had careers. Two of us had boyfriends. We owned houses. We all had love.
Then I made these… wigs. I gave them to my two friends.The three of us put them on. The wigs were supposed to make things better.
But something went wrong. Like the nation we were trying to improve, we became backward. Instead of giving, we took.”

Keira Hewatch who plays the lead character, Rain, is confident that the short African science fiction film will not only be appreciated but will set a blueprint for African film to expand beyond just comedy.

Currently in post-production, Hello, Rain aims to begin festival and screening tours in the first quarter of 2018.



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