'Ashima' follows Natacha Maboma, a young Cameroonian-American woman who, at the time of making the film, had been living and travelling abroad in Asia for 3 years. Whilst visiting Hong Kong for the first time, Natacha reflects on the experience of being a young woman - and specifically, a black woman - living away from home and travelling the world on her own. Her thoughts are interspersed with the lyrics from 3 songs that have had a special significance for her during her travels. 'Ashima' was filmed across the Hong Kong islands before the COVID-19 pandemic and also before the pro-democracy protests. It is the third film in a series for SoundChips exploring the importance of music in people’s lives.
*'Ashima' has won the award for Best International Director at the 2020 Oregon Documentary Film Festival,
*is shortlisted for the Best Cinematography award at the 2020 Kinsale Shark Awards,
*was shortlisted for the Cultural Impact, Cinematography, Unscripted and New Generation awards at the 2020 Berlin Commercial Awards,
*was nominated for Best International Film at the 2021 Oregon Short Film Festival,
*was an Official Selection of Birmingham Southern College's inaugural Hilltop Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama,
*was an Official Selection of the Asian Film Festival in Los Angeles,
*and has been featured on Booooooom, Beyond the Short and Film Shortage.
Featuring Natacha Maboma
Directed by Dillon M. Banda
Cinematography by Dillon M. Banda
Edited by Sean Cunningham
Sound Design by IYO
Music by Hotel Neon
Production Assistance by Van Ngoc Dang
Produced by SoundChips + Dillon & Co
Click here to view a series of photographs taken across Hong Kong on 35mm and 120 film, in and around the time 'Ashima' was made. And click here to see a series of Natacha's portraits taken on location.