Ijé Ụwá is an art documentary feature that delves into the lives of three Black women from different generations, each navigating their own unique challenges and triumphs. The film explores the intersectionality of their identities, shedding light on the complexities of being Black and female in contemporary England. Through their interconnected stories, the film addresses themes of resilience, self-discovery, and the pursuit of dreams in the face of societal expectations and systemic barriers.
The first protagonist, an elderly woman, reflects on her experiences growing up in a racially segregated England and the struggles she faced as a young Black woman. The second protagonist, a middle-aged woman, grapples with the pressures of balancing career aspirations while also confronting issues of colourism and societal beauty standards. The third protagonist, a young woman, embarks on a journey of self-empowerment and self-acceptance, challenging societal norms and stereotypes.
Ijé Ụwá aims to celebrate the strength, resilience, and diversity within the Black female experience, while also shedding light on the systemic challenges that Black women face. The film will emphasize the importance of representation, empowerment, and the need for a more inclusive society.
Key Themes: Intersectionality, resilience, identity, representation, empowerment, societal expectations, and systemic barrier
Ijé Ụwá (English: Ije Uwa) translates as life‘s trajectory, the journey of life. It may also be considered as the notion of “fate”, that immaterial or cosmic force which charts our journeys through life as individuals. It’s also a phrase that could mean faith, science, life, evolution or change. A phrase from the Igbo people of South Eastern Nigeria.
IJE UWA will be available on YOUTUBE and VIMEO for all to access SUMMER 2024