Institute of African American Affairs
New York University



Fall 2016 Film Series and
Discussion with Directors



The series will include films that link identity, authenticity and creativity to the value of returning to the sources. By "return to the source" we are putting in conversation films that entertain or question the usefulness of returning home as narrative forms. The films will explore such varied narrative forms as the essay film, home-movies, archives, as well as fictional, experimental and documentary approaches. The series will also engage with the ways in which oral traditions and historical documents are deployed in the films.

Directors will be present for discussion after the screenings.

Please RSVP at (212) 998-IAAA (4222)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Ọya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa!
(US/Nigeria, 2015, 30 min.)
Director: Seyi Adebanjo

filmmaker-black-ladySYNOPSIS: In this documentary, Queer Gender-Non-Conforming Nigerian media artist Seyi Adebanjo tells a tale not often heard about gender and indigenous Yorùbá spirituality. ỌYA follows Seyi's journey to Nigeria, a journey to connect with Òrìṣà tradition, or African God/dess tradition, and the powerful legacy of the filmmaker's great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya. This lyrical documentary illuminates the lives of Òrìṣà Ọya (Warrior Goddess), Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya and Seyi Adebanjo while interweaving Yorùbá mythology, poetry, performance, and expert interviews.

6:00 pm (doors open at 5:45 pm)
LOCATION: Cantor Film Center-NYU
36 East 8th Street (between University Place and
Greene Street) NY, NY

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
In Search of Finah Misa Kule
(Sierra Leone, 2015, 42 min.)
Director: Kewulay Kamara 

rts_kingsSYNOPSIS: In Search of Finah Misa Kule chronicles the quest of poet Kewulay Kamara to reconstitute an ancient epic handed down in his family. Kamara takes us back to his native Village of Dankawali in northeast Sierra Leone where the epic was written out by his father in the 1960s only to be destroyed when the village was razed during the Civil War in Sierra Leone. What emerges is the story of a people who live by the word, in poetry, music and multi genre storytelling.



TIME: 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:45 pm)
LOCATION: Cantor Film Center-NYU
36 East 8th Street (between University Place and
Greene Street) NY, NY

Please visit our website in Spring 2017 for schedule
and continuation of the series.