The graduate thesis film Hawa is a 29-minute drama about an immigrant African couple in the grip of their "American-dream" and mutual disillusion. When Hawa realizes having a baby is no longer a priority for her husband, she starts questioning the meaning of their ten years of marriage and, most importantly, what is in it for her. She eventually finds herself caught between the old Hawa, the typical African woman swearing by her husband's name, and a new Hawa, westernized and independent. The film was shot on the Red One MX camera in 4K with Zeiss lenses, and edited entirely on Premiere Pro CS6. Color grading was done on DaVinci Resolve 9, and the mix was done on Protools 9. This paper discusses the thought processes, goals, and legwork of making the film from its conception until its first screening at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Short films--Themes, motives; Nigerian Americans--Drama; Marriage--Drama

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School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Kiwitt, Peter

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Lester, Howard

Advisor/Committee Member

Larson, Brian


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