Waiting for Hassana

Nigeria | 2017 | 11 minutes | Ifunanya Maduka

Jessica shares her haunting account of a friendship violently interrupted by Boko Haram.

Director Biography

Ifunanya "Funa" Maduka is a Nigerian American filmmaker and professional cinephile, with a penchant for world cinema. Previously, she worked on the feature Half of a Yellow Sun, and the documentary, Building a Dream. The latter covered the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, where she was a founding member and served as the Academy's first dean of students. Funa holds degrees from Cornell University and Harvard University. "Waiting for Hassana" is her directorial debut.

  • Director: Ifunanya Maduka
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 11 minutes
  • Producer: Ifunanya Maduka, Uzodinma Iweala
  • Screenplay: Ifunanya Maduka
  • Cinematographers: Victor Okhai
  • Editors: Jennifer Tiexiera
  • Music: Saul Simon MacWilliams
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: RiverRun International Film Festival (Best Doc Short Award)
  • Language: Hausa
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: Digital File (.MP4)

This film is playing as a part of ShortsFest Opening Night

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