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Wana Udobang is back in the director’s seat!

Last week, she posted the third episode of Room 313, a series of short films experimenting with psychotherapy as a form of storytelling.

Each episode features a troubled character. The setting is a therapist’s office doubling as a confessional where, in the span of about 6 minutes, the character shares deeply private and troubling things about his or her life.

Episode 3 is titled “Dooshima’s Story” and takes up the issue of grief—not the kind of grief that follows the sudden loss of a loved one, but the long, exhausting, and corroding grief of watching a loved one die slowly.

Dooshima, played by Sheila Ojei, chronicles the painful details of her mother’s struggle with cancer and the treatment, which—failing to heal her—turned against her.

Ojie does a good job of registering a range of emotion using nuanced facial expression, subtle body language, and the inflection of her voice. It’s hard to believe Udobang when she writes, on Instagram, that this performance is Ojei’s acting debut. Her rendition of the role is convincing and moving.

Enjoy!

 

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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