Legacies of Identity

Screening Block includes:
SHORTS PROGRAM: ORI INU: In Search Of Self | The Web | Paddlin’ Spirit

DATE/TIME: 09/15/2017, 8:45pm
ADDRESS: Royal Theatre, 608 College St


Chelsea Odufu | Short | 30 mins | 2016 | USA/Brazil | English | PG


“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.


Often considered a renaissance woman, Chelsea Odufu is a Newark, New Jersey native with Guyanese and Nigerian roots, Chelsea’s work focuses on narratives that explore the complex Black identity, with issues such as colorism, alcoholism, the stigmas of Black spirituality, gender and sexuality.

Chelsea created her film Ori Inu: In Search of Self with her brother Emann. This film has won best short film at the Newark International Film Festival has also been nominated for best director at upcoming film festivals. Articles about the film have been featured on NBC News, Huffington Post, Afropunk, Saint Heron, OkayAfrica and many more.