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In West African Pidgin, English, and Fon, with English subtitles.

Mami Wata is a 2023 black-and-white fantasy, thriller based upon West African folklore. Set in the matriarchal village of Iyi, where the West African deity, Mama Wata, reigns via village leader Mama Efe. When the harmony in a village is threatened by outside elements, two sisters must fight to save their people and restore the glory of a mermaid goddess to the land.

2 West African women stood in front of the sea in black and white

The film premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, making it film director & writer Obasi’s third feature at Sundance.

‘Mami Wata’ serves up a gorgeously rendered West African fable, tinged with mysticism – Los Angeles Times

‘bold visual style matches mythic reach in this Nigerian epic’ – BFI

Director: C.J.Obasi

Cast: Evelyn lly Juhen, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Emeka Amakeze


  • Information about screenings with subtitles

    Subtitled screenings offer captions which transcribe dialogue only. Subtitled screenings attempt to give D/deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers an understanding of the spoken dialogue within the film, but do not include description about other aspects of the soundtrack, including music and sound effects.

  • Seating accessibility information

    Cinema seat sizeSeats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

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  • BBFC rating information (may contain spoilers)


    There are instances of moderate violence including a woman being impressionistically stabbed with a spear, people shooting each other with guns, and a man and a woman trading punches to the face.

    Threat and horror

    Scenes of threat see armed soldiers holding their captives at gunpoint, and a sequence in which a woman is tied up and knocked out before being dropped into the ocean where it is intended she will drown.


    There is use of moderate bad language (‘pussy’) as well as milder terms including ‘son of a bitch’, ‘ass’, ‘bullshit’, and ‘hell’.


    A man and woman embrace passionately, and the woman’s sexual moaning is heard as it is briefly implied the man performs oral sex off screen.


    A man makes brief sexist comments which are immediately challenged.

    Injury detail

    There is the brief sight of a man’s apparent castration wound. After fighting, a woman is seen with blood around her nose.


    There is brief sight of a man’s buttocks when he is seen showering.

    Sexual violence and sexual threat

    There is a sense of sexual threat when a man menaces a group of women, telling them they will need to share their homes with his soldiers, and picking one of the women for himself. However another character quickly steps in to counter this and reduce the threat. A man reveals that his wife was raped and murdered by rebels, and it is later implied that they castrated him.


    There are scenes of very mild emotional upset in which characters grieve over the death of loved ones.