Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized

S1 E5 | FULL EPISODE

Hello, Rain

Nigerian director C.J. “Fiery” Obasi brings to life Hugo award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s story “Hello, Moto,” which explores what happens when three scientist witches use juju and technology to create wigs that grant supernatural powers.

AIRED: June 25, 2021 | 0:30:05
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[ Birds chirping ]

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Rain: This is a tale you will hear only once.

Then it will be gone in a flash of bright light.

Maybe all will be well after that.

Maybe the story has a happy ending.

Maybe there is nothing but darkness

when the story ends.

[ Indistinct conversations, laughter in distance ]

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We were three women,

three friends.

We had goals, hopes, and dreams.

We had careers.

We owned homes.

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We all had love.

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Then I made these...wigs.

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The wigs were supposed to make things better,

but something went wrong,

terribly wrong.

Like the nation we were trying to improve,

we became backward.

Instead of giving, we took.

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[ Birds chirping ]

With the wig finally off,

Coco and Philo felt more distant to me, thank God.

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I could see them clearly in my head.

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Don't ever mix juju with technology.

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There is a witchcraft to science and a science to witchcraft.

Both will conspire against you eventually.

I realize that now.

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[ Electricity zapping ]

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I had to work fast.

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I needed to be around vibrant life.

I need to smell its scent.

[ Birds chirping ]

They reminded me of what my real hair would look like

if the wig hadn't burned it off.

[ Clacking ]

[ Beeping ]

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I wasn't taking any chances.

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I prayed to a god I didn't believe in.

Who would believe in a god after all that had happened?

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Philo and Coco had been in Jos when the riots happened.

This was no coincidence.

[ Lasers zapping, people screaming ]

The wig I had created was a crossbreed of neurotransmitters,

mobile phones, incantation, and hypnosis.

My creation was genius, if I say so myself,

but all it brought forth was death and mayhem.

[ Lasers zapping, people screaming ]

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During the riots,

some men burned a woman and her baby to death.

A woman and her baby.

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[ Woman screaming ]

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I do not care to know what they both gained

from causing all of the death and destruction.

They never said a word to me about it.

However, soon after,

they went on a three-day shopping spree to Paris.

[ Laughter in distance ]

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[ Electricity zapping ]

We all had the ability to power off in Nigeria,

but never for more than a few days.

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They'll kill me if this doesn't work.

And if I don't end this,

many more will die, and Nigeria will sink deeper into chaos.

[ Keyboard clacking ]

I'll create a virus, and then I'll send it out

when they're both busy.

All hell will break loose for sure,

but only for me.

[ Beeping ]

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[ Indistinct conversations in distance ]

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Philo: I am beast.

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I am lovely.

I was born beautiful.

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Look at them,

slaving away,

and with nothing to look forward to at the end of the day,

other than to cook for lazy husbands

and degenerate children.

[ Scoffs ]

This is their life.

Me, I've chosen better.

♪ Everything die

I'm above them all.

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♪ All I want is you

♪ All I want is you

♪ All I want is you

♪ All I want is you

[ Knife chops loudly ]

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[ Knife chopping loudly ]

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[ Indistinct conversations ]

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[ Boom ]

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[ Laser zapping ]

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It always feels good to take from people.

Not just money, but their very essence.

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[ Buzzing, whirring ]

[ Philo laughs ]

I love Nollywood movies.

About the only thing worth my time

in this godforsaken country.

[ Buzzing, whirring ]

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♪ Throw that prophecy

♪ You, you don't know my fame

♪ Oh, stars and galaxies

♪ Oh, I will shoot you down

♪ Oh

♪ Throw that prophecy

♪ You, you don't know my fame

♪ Oh, stars and galaxies

♪ Oh, I will shoot you down

♪ Oh, I will, I will shoot you down, baby ♪

♪ Ooh, I will, I will shoot you down, yeah ♪

[ Electricity zapping ]

♪ I will, I will shoot you down, baby ♪

I keep taking from them,

and they keep giving me freely.

Their essence is mine.

♪ I will, I will shoot you down, baby ♪

Every single day, I take.

[ Phone ringing ]

[ Electricity zaps, phone clicks ]

[ Beeping ]

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It was Rain.

I knew it was that bitch.

[ Zapping ]

[ Ding ]

Coco: He's out,

my dear husband.

He's always out,

working, for me.

[ Laughs ]

[ Zapping ]

[ Sighs ]

[ Zapping continues ]

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[ Breathing heavily ]

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My body is fire.

My face is flawless.

My hair is power.

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[ Zapping ]

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[ Cellphone ringing ]

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[ Zapping ]

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Why is she looking down when she should be looking up?

Way up.

[ Cellphone ringing ]

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[ Phone continues ringing ]

[ Electricity zaps ] [ Gasps ]

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Hmm.

[ Breathing heavily ]

You want play now happy? Okay.

A single day today, but I want to go be me.

[ Zapping ]

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♪ All I am

Rain: The sun shines bright

and happy in the sky...

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...unaware of what I have done,

unaware of the consequences before me.

I have made my choice,

and here I stand,

waiting.

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What's the matter with you? You look horrible.

I took it off.

This is wrong.

This is so wrong. Wake up.

What is so wrong about it?

We have everything we ever wanted.

Stealing and death isn't what I made these for.

I made these so that they can help us give,

to cure the city culture of corruption, and to bring hope.

Now, wow.

Tricky things, these wigs.

They make you forget,

Put it back on, Rain.

No, Philo. I won't.

It has turned us to cruel witches.

Look at you.

Coco.

When you mix juju with technology...

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...you give up control.

You are at the whim of something far beyond yourself.

I am done for.

We were not bloodsuckers,

but I guess all that is about to change.

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Come on!

See how it all ends?

Or does it begin?

As I watch them approach me,

and my life hangs in the balance,

I'm thinking...

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...I should have paid more attention

to the cooling system when I made these.

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Maybe there is nothing but darkness

when the story ends.

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♪ You drivin' me wild

♪ You drivin' me lost

♪ Everything die

♪ All I want is you

♪ All I want is you

♪ All I want is you

♪ All I want is you

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[ Gasps ]

Rain?

♪ All I want is you

♪ All I want is you

♪ All I want is you

♪ All I want is you

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