AISSA'S STORY \ 15:04 min \ USA

Aissatou Bah is an African immigrant housekeeper and single mother recovering from an encounter with Henrik Keppler, a wealthy hotel guest who sexually assaulted her. When the District Attorney decides not to go to trial—due to a lie she told to get asylum—Keppler moves on, a free man, while Aissa is plagued by flashbacks to the assault. But when her daughter Rama gets bullied, Aissa must find a way to regain her daughter's trust and repair their broken relationship. How will she find justice and her lost dignity?


2016 Journées Cinematographiques de la Femme Africaine de L'Image (Burkina Faso), 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Best Short Film Nominee), 2015 Durban International Film Festival (South Africa), 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival (Zanzibar), 2015 Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), 2015 African Advisory Council's African Cinema Day, 2015 University of Richmond African Film Weekend, 2015 Festival de Cinéma Image et Vie (Senegal), 2015 Ecrans Noir (Cameroon), 2015 African Diaspora Film Festival (Germany), 2015 bfm International Film Festival (UK), 2015 CinéSud African Short Film Festival (France), 2015 "I Luv Africa" Film Festival, 2015 Cascade Festival of African Films (Portland, Oregon), 2014 African-American Women in Cinema Festival (Third Place Winner), 2014 Africa International Film Festival (Winner, Best Student Short), 2014 Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Festival (Lagos, Nigeria), 2014 African Film Festival New York (View Q&A), 2014 Spike Lee Film Production Fund Winner , 2013 Student Academy Awards Semifinalist, 2013 First Run Film Festival (New York University)

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Iquo B. Essien is a Nigerian-American writer and director. Her short film Aissa's Story was nominated for the 2013 Student Academy Awards, 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards, and won Best Student Short at the 2014 Africa International F ilm Festival. She adapted the short into a feature film while writing a memoir, Elizabeth's Daughter, about losing her mother to cancer.

Ms. Essien's films have screened worldwide, including at the Panafrican Film & Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the Durban International Film Festival, New York African Film Festival, and Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Ms. Essien received a B.S. from Stanford University and a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her production company, Editi Films, is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.

Iquo B. Essien is a multimedia storyteller and marketing consultant. Her short film, Aissa's Story, was a regional semifinalist in the 2013 Student Academy Awards. Essien drafted a debut novel, Alligator Legs, for which she received a 2009 Hedgebrook Writers' Residency. She has contributed to Gawker, Guernica, Shadow & Act, Okayafrica, The African Magazine, PopMatters, and the Stanford Black Arts Quarterly. Essien attended Stanford University and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. Her production company, Editi Films, is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a charitable organization that helps artists and art organizations create engaging, publicly beneficial work.

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