A Black child on a quest for joy, encounters a mysterious spirit, and a High Priestess with her merrymakers, in an enchanted forest.
Dear Black Child is a story about the many ways Black people can individually and collectively develop practices to reconnect with joy. A fantasy piece expressed through movement and dance, the film explores the journey of returning to joy.
The Seeker, arising from a meditation, enters an enchanted forest, using movement and breathwork to reconnect with the self, ultimately manifesting the energy of Wanderlust, to guide them through the forest.
As these two friends reconnect, joy begins to proliferate. And what of the voice calling “omo dudu” (Black child)
throughout? We soon see her, Alufaa Agba (a High Priestess), gathering with her Merrymakers for a feast. They
pray, they eat, they dance, and joy abounds.
Was it real or was it all in The Seeker’s subconscious?
Film Festival Official Selections
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Lagos Pride Film Festival
Winner, Best Score - Cannes Indie Shorts Awards
New York Indie Shorts Awards
S16 Film Festival
Afrotalent Film Festival
Commissioned by: Rooted by Design
Written & Directed by: Tobi Onabolu
Produced by Jess Ajose
Edit & Grade: Nic Wassell
Score & SFX: Ejiro "4Stringsz" Sowole-James
Director of Photography: Lola "Lolly" Michaels
Movement Director: Webster
1st Assistant Director: Neneh Kumar
1st AC / Focus Pull: Agata Morwaska
Gaffer: Joe Nkadi
DIT / Camera Assistant: Lorissa Paige
Stills Photography: Karis Beaumont
Set Designer: Tejumola “Butler” Adenuga
Set Assistant: Gabrielle Oke
Costume Designer: Seyon Amosu
Costume Assistant: Sephora Camocotelo
Hair & Make Up: Danielle Aleshea Mason
Food Design: Victor Okunowo
Runner: Junior Oduwole