Bronx: Africa Film Connections

Bronx: Africa Film Connections

The Bronx River Art Center is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation of BRONX:AFRICA FILM CONNECTIONS, an evening of short films by Bronx Filmmakers. We will be screening three short films, Oya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa! by Seyi Adebanjo, a Bronx Filmmaker from Nigeria, and the first and third films of a three-part series, The Girls of Daraja, by Bronx Filmmaker Barbara Rick. This event will take place at The Bronx Music Heritage Center on Friday, May 27th, at 7:00 PM.

Oya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa! illuminates the lives of Òrìsà Oya (Warrior Goddess), Chief Moloran Ìyá Olo’ya and Seyi Adebanjo while interweaving Yorùbá mythology, poetry, performance, and expert interviews. The documentary is lyrical, interwoven with cultural nuances, ritual, interviews, chanting and narration.

"The documentary follows my journey as a Queer Gender Non Conforming Nigerian returning home to connect with Òrìsà (African God/dess) tradition, and follow a trail back to the powerful legacy of my great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Olo’ya. This personal and political story vibrantly investigates the heritage of command, mythology, gender fluidity, womyn’s power and the hidden truth behind the power of indigenous Yorùbá spirituality.  As I encounter obstacles of a national strike and anti-gay marriage legislation to find the roots of the practice, will I be able to find affirmation for myself as a person between genders/worlds and take on this inheritance?" - Seyi Adebanjo, Director/Producer

The Girls of Daraja is a series of three short films by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Rick and Executive Producer Deborah Santana about the Daraja Academy, a free boarding school in Kenya for exceptional girls who need financial aid to complete their secondary education.

The first film, GIRLS OF DARAJA, introduces the school and documents the arrival of an incoming freshman class full of shy but determined young girls. The second, SCHOOL OF MY DREAMS, shows the first graduating class of Daraja Academy getting ready to take their final exams and go out and change the world. In the third and latest work in the collection, DARAJA GIRLS: Powerful Beyond Measure, two Daraja students and their principal journey to the U.S. for the first time for a historic cultural exchange with high schools in Northern California, sharing powerful stories about the impact of girls' education worldwide. The moving series portraits have won numerous industry prizes including Best Documentary, Audience Favorite, Best Director, Best Cinematography and other honors, and have been featured nationwide at film festivals and special event screenings including the Smithsonian.

Still from Oya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa!

Promo images for Girls of Daraja and Daraja Girls: Powerful Beyond Measure

Courtesy of Barbara Rick, Out of The Blue Films, Inc.

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This program is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Members Eric Dinowitz, Althea Stevens, Kristy Marmorato and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, The Lincoln Fund, and private donors.

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