Chavala Yaduma

The Shade Black Short Film

Chavala Yaduma is a writer and a film director with over 4 years of experience in the industry. Born and raised in Nigeria, Chavala was exposed to the world of cinema from a young age and developed a passion for storytelling and visual arts.

Chavala studied Law for five years and after graduation, she worked on building her own
production company where she creates content for brands and companies. She quickly gained a reputation for her ability to bring out the best in actors and her skill in crafting emotionally resonant stories that captivated audiences.

Over the course of her career, Chavala has directed a wide range of films, from indie short dramas to TV commercials. Chavala is known for her collaborative approach to filmmaking and her ability to work effectively with actors, crew members, and producers. She is committed to creating films that are both entertaining and thought-provoking, and she continues to push the boundaries of visual storytelling with each new project. In her free time, Chavala enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.

About their film: The Shade Black tells the story of Tekena, a young adult (orphan) who lives in a community (in Port Harcourt) largely affected by soot due to the increasing activities of oil exploration and indiscriminate combustion of fossil fuel in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Tekena returns home from his daily hustle to the lifeless body of his grandfather after a long battle with lung cancer.

His grandfather has been his sole caretaker since he lost his parents at a tender age.

This story takes us through the journey of his grief and fight for change and survival. In his quest to put an end to the harmful effect of soot after losing his grandfather, Tekena soon discovers is in danger as those who benefit from illegal oil refining are willing to do anything to stop him.

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