Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nnenna The Film: How it all began

When Mum finds out about the relationship, Nnenna escapes Mum’s violent punishments to find solace in Kunle’s arms. The two young people do not foresee the consequences coming their way.

 

 

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Bullied by the glamour girls in her class, frustrated with her mother’s inability to discuss sex, 14 year old Nnenna explores the intimacies of love and sexuality with her best friend’s brother.

African women collaborate to tell an African story in this moving Nigerian high school drama.

Neither Mum nor the biology will answer Nnenna’s questions about sex, menstruation and all the new things 14 year old Nnenna experiences in her body and emotions.

Older sister Adaora tries to help, but, she’s busy bunking out of the house for the social life Mum forbids. The “belles” in Nnenna’s class mock Nnenna for her boyish frame and late start to her periods.

But it’s Nnenna that Kunle, the most attractive boy in the school falls for. Ify, one of the belles, goes after Kunle, pushing Nnenna to prove to Kunle that she is as sexy and attractive as the belles are. When Mum finds out about the relationship, Nnenna escapes Mum’s violent punishments to find solace in Kunle’s arms. The two young people do not foresee the consequences coming their way.

How Nnenna began

I’m passionate about bringing great African stories to the screen. When I read the novel TRAPPED IN OBLIVION, I was hooked. The Mother who can’t discuss sex and relationships is everywhere on our planet, not just in Africa. Ifeoma Ezeobi, the novelist’s, take on this theme, is all too familiar to millions of African women.

Ifeoma was as eager to see her book adapted to the screen as I was to adapt it. I reached out to my networks to find young Nigerian women to write the script, co-produce and direct the movie. Today, here we are, ready to go with this amazing collaboration.

Turning not being included into being included

I needed a production company that would make sure that I could raise support for the film. Determined to turn not being included into being included, I started the African Women Filmmakers’ Hub to bring African women filmmakers together to make the films millions of people in the world are waiting to see.

Meet the Team

Tsitsi Dangarembga, Executive producer, creative producer, story editor

Tsitsi Dangarembga is an award winning Zimbabweans filmmaker and novelist. She has credits on most of Zimbabwe’s feature film classics, including directing and co-writing on EVERYONE’S CHILD, and story-writing on NERIA. Her award winning short musical KARE KARE ZVAKO (MOTHER’S DAY, 2005) was screened in the short film competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

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She divides her time between her Harare home and guest appearances at film, arts and academic institutions globally. See more about Tsitsi and the African Women Filmmakers’ Hub in this reportage icapatrust.org/Film_festival_fever_Berlin_DW2019.mp4

Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu, screenwriter, co-producer

BBC and British Council trained, Ifesinachi graduated from the University of Benin, Nigeria, with a B.A. degree in Fine & Applied Arts. She has an MSc. Degree in Marketing Communication from the Pan-Atlantic University, where she graduated top of her class.

Ifesinachi began her screenwriting and production career with the Pan-African television talk show, Moments with Mo (formerly produced by Inspire Africa, now known as Ebonylife TV). Since then, she has worked with several producers locally and internationally on a variety of projects. She is the author of ‘The Domestication of Munachi’, a novel published by one of Nigeria’s notable publishing houses with award winning titles,

Ifeoma Chukuwogu, director

Ifeoma is a Nigerian writer and director. She studied communications at the University of Texas at Austin and Film and Media Production at the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, CA. Her award winning films have been screened at festivals including the Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles where it won the Special Jury Recognition Award, the Cannes Film Festival Short film Corner in Cannes, France and the Rapid Lion Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her goal as a filmmaker is to tell human stories in an authentic and relatable manner, and to create film and television content that showcases characters that are often underrepresented or stereotyped in mainstream media.

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