Visionary filmmaking team of Chelsea Odufu and Emann Odufu, who are siblings, have created a film that explores African identity, futurism, and spirituality in a remarkably unique way. Called Ori Inu: In Search of Self, the film was shot in various locations around the world including America, Trinidad, and Brazil.
The short film centers upon the remarkable story of a young immigrant woman (Natalia Diaz, played by Helen Beyene) who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to America's cultural norms or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion known as Candomblé.
It was partially based upon Chelsea's own personal experiences as a women of African descent. In her words: "Being raised in a Guyanese household, my family would always tell stories about the magical things that roamed the lands of Guyana, from mermaids to Old Hags, or Baku man, who would pelt your house down. I was always fascinated by these folktales. However, I was raised as a Jehovah Witness and attended Christian schools my entire life. I would only hear the regurgitated stigmas everyone had about traditional practices of our ancestors."
Along this thread, the film explores the central character's spiritual odyssey. Ori Inu is revolutionary in that it follows the story of a young woman of color who is seeking to understand her identity more deeply. The film will premiere on the film festival circuit starting early next year. Visit its website here and take a look at the incredible trailer below.