'Ori Inu' Tackles the Complexities of Identity for a Young Immigrant Woman

Identity and conformity in America. These are the challenges the lead character Natalia Diaz must face in the upcoming film Ori Inu: In Search of Self. According to the sibling filmmakers — Director/Writer Chelsea Odufu and Director/Producer Emann Odufu — “Ori Inu: In Search of Self is a coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble.”

The cast includes Tony Award winning actress Tonya Pinkins and Trae Harris, who starred in Sundance's Official Selection Newlyweeds. The film, which is has a heavy music influence, will feature performances by OSHUN NYC and the Grammy-nominated Les Nubians.
Watch the trailer below.

The film, which earned over $15,000 in backing on Kickstarter, is currently in post-production. You can stay in the know about Ori Inu by liking the team’s Facebook or by following on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo: Courtesy of Chelsea Odufu

Deonna Anderson is Junior Editor at For Harriet. Follow her on Twitter @iamDEONNA.


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