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Branwen Okpako: Nigerian Filmmaker

February 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm  |  Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206


UC Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race & Ethnic Studies and Living Writers Series presents:
Leading Feminist Nigerian Filmmaker
Branwen Okpako

Film Screening & Q&A with Director: The Education of Auma Obama
Wednesday, Feb 10 @ 7:30pm
Nickelodeon Theatre, Santa Cruz

Living Writers Talk
Thursday, Feb 11 @ 6:00-7:45pm
Humanities Lecture Hall, 206

Both events are Free and open to the public

Branwen Okpako was born in Lagos/Nigeria. She studied political sciences at Bristol University, England, followed by studies in filmmaking at the German Film & Television Academy, Berlin. Her films include the shorts Probe ( 1992), Frida Film (1993), Vorspiel (1994), Landing (1995), Market Forces (1996), Searching for Taid (1997) and Love Love Liebe (1998), The 3 screen installation, Sehe ice was, was du nicht siehst? (Do I see something you don’t?, 2002), for which she received the D-motion special prize for the city of Halle, Germany. For the feature documentary Dirt for Dinner(Dreckfresser) (2000), she won the Bavarian documentary film prize The Young Lion, the German Next-Generation-First-Steps Award for Best Documentary Film and First Prize at the Dubrovnik Documentary Film Festival in 2001. The fiction feature Valley of the Innocent (Tal der Ahnungslosen, 2004) had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film festival in 2003 and went on to compete in the feature film competition at FESPACO 2005.

For her film The Education of Auma Obama Okpako received the 2012 African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary, the Festival Founders Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (both in 2012), and the Viewers Choice Award at the Africa International Film Festival (2011). Her most recent project, The Curse of Medea (Fluch der Medea), a docu-drama about the life of the late German writer Christa Wolf, was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014.

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Winter 2016 Living Writers Series:

Creative Work & Critical Play features contemporary writers and artists who expose and explore the space between critical discourse and the creative imagination. Through the work of making art and the play in ideation, they mine issues of race, sexuality, gender, and class through several genres and media, to include poetry, fiction, critical prose, performance, sonic and visual art, memoir, as well as hybrid forms.

January 14: Alex Rivera
January 21: Vikram Chandra
January 28: Stephen Graham Jones & Christopher Rosales
February 4: Charles Yu
February 11: Branwen Okpako
February 18: Nnedi Okorafor
February 25: Chang-rae Lee
March 3: Jeremy Love
March 10: Samuel Delany

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Branwen Okpako: Nigerian Filmmaker 2.11.16

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February 11, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206
UCSC Humanities Lecture Hall, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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