Anave

An orphan's dreams of getting educated are stifled on the streets by malaria, poverty and a lack of access to adequate medical care.

  • Nicolette Ndigwe
    Director
  • Nicolette Ndigwe
    Writer
    Damage
  • Nicolette Ndigwe
    Producer
  • Omawumi Megbele
    Key Cast
    "Bus lady"
    House of Gold, She Is
  • Waje
    Key Cast
    "Iya Sarah"
    She Is
  • Shawn Faqua
    Key Cast
    "Doctor B"
    Ojukokoro, Code of Silence
  • Seun Ajayi
    Key Cast
    "Bus Driver"
    Gidi Up, Hustle, Ojukokoro
  • Etochi Asiegbu
    Key Cast
    "Anave"
    Little Ryan, After the I Do
  • Nicolette Ndigwe
    Key Cast
    "Ifeoma"
    Damage, A Distant Cry
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    37 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Nigeria
  • Country of Filming:
    Nigeria
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Malaria, Child and Maternal Mortality Eradication Initiative (MACMME)
    Country: Nigeria
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Nicolette Ndigwe


Nicole Ndigwe is a producer, writer-director, born in eastern Nigeria and raised across five Nigerian cities by politician parents; giving her a unique insight into Nigeria’s social and political dynamic. At 19, she won her first award for screenwriting and acting in Nigeria for her screenplay, DAMAGE, which went on to win Best Film at the Los Angeles NAFCA Awards.

In 2015, Nicole was picked by the British Council to attend a script conference at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, for her remarkable work on her unpublished screenplay – THE COUNSELLOR.

After graduating the university with a communications degree, Nicole founded a content production company and has gone on to create, produce, script and host talk shows under her company.
She recently debuted as a director with her self-written and produced short film ANAVE. A film which tells the tragic true-life story of a boy who lived under a bridge in Lagos state Nigeria between 2004 and 2006.

The film, which advocates for the eradication of child and maternal mortality attributed to Malaria and homelessness, is Nicole’s way of harnessing the power of film in eliciting emotions and rousing a people who seem to have fallen deaf to the cries of the vulnerable child and mother.

Nicole is also the founder of MACMME, a humanitarian organization, which uses film to draw attention to salient societal issues and demand actions from the government, the state and the people.

Grateful for having come so far without any professional training in film, Nicole hopes to attend film school in 2020 to study cinematography and directing.

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