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Before there were kings, there was a spider: language and body as habitat in a dark and mystery mutant experiment

0 – 5 | 2014 | Black & White | Experimental | Nigeria

Before there were kings, there was a spider – life and death intertwine in Ududeagu, the intimate and mystery mutant experiment by Akwaeke Emezi. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Igbo and Tamil writer, blogger, (former) painter, performer and filmmaker, Akwaeke currently lives in Brooklyn, even if she describes herself as “based in liminal spaces.” Her works focus on identity and self-discovery, transience and impermanence (Blesi, Hey Celestial).

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Experimental at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival, Ududeagu explores the complexity (and the darkness) of human beings: the language (asụsụ) and the body as habitat, the spiderweb (alụlụ ududeagụ) becoming a generative myth. An experimental and captivating, hypnotic and fluid visual mystery, narrated by Akwaeke herself in Igbo poetic phrases, dominated by Adegoke Ogukoya’s body and shot in a livid B&W, meshing stunning static shots and blunt editing.

Akwaeke Emezi investigates the margins of humanity creating a new form of folktale. Life is an extreme and disturbing tragedy as we navigate the waters of psychosexual dislocation, spirituality, depression and lost.
After all, there are many ways to leave, and some are more final than others.

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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