Film

'Chula' Is a Psychological Thriller Challenging the Continued Stigma Around Mental Illness in African Communities

Okayafrica learns more about what sparked the need for 'Chula' from filmmaker and behavioral health veteran Ledet Muleta.

Stigma around mental illness in African communities has detrimentally affected scores of people who have been met with condemnation and skepticism rather than serious and caring treatment. Ledet Muleta, a veteran of behavioral health and now filmmaker, holds hopes to change that with a new psychological thriller aimed at tackling these issues. The film, titled Chula, follows the story of the titular character, a young African woman, played by Selamawit Worku, who is working to becoming a pianist. Yet, Chula’s bipolar disorder stands in her way. 

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