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First Look: 'Waiting for Hassana' Is a Short Doc That Reframes the Narrative About the Chibok Girls

Watch the trailer for "Waiting for Hassana"—a short doc that follows a Chibok survivor—exclusively here.

The official trailer for short documentary film, Waiting for Hassana, is here.


Directed by Nigerian-American filmmaker Ifunanya 'Funa' Maduka, Waiting for Hassana tells the story of the Chibok abductions from the perspective of Jessica, a one single voice of the 57 escapees, as she waits for her best friend, Hassana.

“This contained and intimate film introduces a new point of entry into the Chibok kidnappings. We know the global story, now we hear the personal one," Maduka says in a press release. "As the director, my aim was to visually and sonically plunge audiences into the psychological and emotional landscape of our subject. My hope is that audiences will leave feeling inextricably linked to her life and her story—that it will become as much their story as it is hers. That radical intimacy is, to me, the basic and necessary function of art. It was also important to me that a Nigerian told this story, and I am proud that our crew reflects that drive.”

The film screens today at TIFF as part of the Shorts Program 8 and it debuted at this year's Sundance International Film Festival. This is Maduka's directorial debut.

"Waiting for Hassana seeks to reframe the narrative about the Chibok abductions by emphasizing the strength and perseverance of an interrupted friendship that is both a source of profound pain and intense motivation to pursue a better life through education," the release says.

Take an exclusive first look at the trailer below:

Click here for more information and keep up with Waiting for Hassana on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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