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Ike Nnaebue on Learning to Listen While Making his Personal Documentary, 'No U-Turn'

The film picked up a Documentary Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival where it recently premiered.

‘I have always known that I was going to tell this story someday,” Nollywood filmmaker Ike Nnaebue tells OkayAfrica, via Zoom, about his debut documentary, No U-Turn, which scored its world premiere in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.

A hit at this year's Berlinale, which just wrapped, No U-Turn is part of the Generation Africa project initiated by South African non-profit STEPS, in partnership with Germany's international broadcaster, DW Akademie. The other Generation Africa film selected for the festival was No Simple Way Home by Akuol de Mabior, which also was the first South Sudanese film selected in the history of the Berlinale.

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Akuol de Mabior Takes Her Film from South Sudan to Berlin

The South Sudanese model-turned-filmmaker will premiere her feature documentary, 'No Simple Way Home,' about her family, at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

Akuol de Mabior had been modeling for a while when she had a life-changing conversation with a friend. It was 2014, she’d been feeling half-baked, like her career wasn’t really going anywhere. “One day it just hit me that I didn’t really know how to do anything,” she told OkayAfrica, over a Zoom call from Nairobi. She considered going back to university. As one of a 6-sibling family of creatives, she’d initially wanted to study fine art. “My brother’s a painter, my sister studied fashion design, and my mother was like, ‘You can’t all do the same thing.’ But there was an idea nagging at de Mabior -- about her family’s story -- that she knew needed to come out in some form.

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