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Nigerian Filmmakers Win Sony Award for Documentary on Yoruba Hair Plaiting

Olawunmi Hassan and Adaobi Samson Honored for “Ìrún Dídì” at Sony Future Filmmaker Awards.
June 3, 2024
8:59 am

Nigerian filmmakers Olawunmi Hassan and Adaobi Samson were honored at the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards 2024 for their documentary “Ìrún Dídì,” which won the Non-Fiction category.


The winners were announced on May 30 during a ceremony in Los Angeles, hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s correspondent Denny Directo.


“Ìrún Dídì” explores the evolution of traditional Yoruba hair plaiting, blending historical techniques with modern interpretations. The film explores the art form’s cultural significance, portraying it as a sacred ritual of self-care and empowerment.


The documentary stood out among over 8,400 submissions from 148 countries, impressing the jury with its profound narrative and visual storytelling.


Judged by a panel led by acclaimed director Justin Chadwick, the film received high praise for its originality and cultural depth.


Nekesa Moody, Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Hollywood Reporter, presented the award to Hassan and Samson, who will receive a Sony camera and lens kit along with a $5,000 cash prize.


The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, established by Creo and sponsored by Sony, aim to support and elevate independent filmmakers globally. Following this successful edition, the awards will return in 2025, with submissions opening later this year.


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