“‘Djin’ is the name of a spirit that’s in a wind. That wind blows every 30 years. It selects people but nobody knows why or who. It blows, and removes whatever uncertainties a person has about whatever it is they care about the most, leaving them to take action.”
This is how director Hawa Essuman introduces the video story of her new film Djin, that she has been writing in recent months, and which bears the name of a magical wind which crosses the lives of the protagonists.
Along with the transformations of each character, the film offers a fresh look at the locations in which it is set, along the Kenyan coastline.
Hawa Essuman is a young director of Ghanaian origin who is based in Nairobi. She first approached the world of cinema as an actress, but later decided to focus solely on directing. In 2008, after short films, ads for television and music videos, she made the feature length film Soul Boy, which was produced by Tom Tykwer, and presented at more than 40 international festivals, where it won numerous awards including the audience award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. MORE
the director’s eye project is supported by lettera27 Foundation of Milan and promotes African cinema, in particular the writing and preproduction phases. These are some of the most delicate periods in the development of a film project and are rarely supported by other funds or prizes. the director’s eye was launched in 2012, in collaboration with the Festival de Cinema Africano de Cordoba and the co-production forum Africa Produce, and curated by Vanessa Lanari.
A jury comprising Nigerian director Newton I. Aduaka and South African producer Steven Markovitz selected Hawa Essuman’s Djin as the winning project for lettera27’s fund. During the course of 2013, after the award was assigned, lettera27 followed the work on Djin and offered its author the opportunity to talk about the project in a series of videos.
Video by Istituto Micropunta Interviews: Claudia D’Alonzo and Vanessa Lanari Video Footage: Hawa Essuman Editing: Istituto Micropunta Sound: Istituto Micropunta Camera DOP: Flavio Toffoli Project Manager: Cristina Perillo Thanks to: Newton Aduaka, Mane Cisneros, Carlos Dominguez, Steven Markovitz and Moleskine This video is realized in CC BY SA www.lettera27.org