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   Film Screening "The Education of Auma Obama" and Q&A with Director Branwen Okpako

   Date : Friday, 21 March 2014       From : 4:00pm   To : 6:00pm
   Category : Multicultural/International       Location : Blount/Buckman Lobby

   Event Description :

On March 21 at Rhodes, filmmaker Branwen Okpako will present her award-winning documentary "The Education of Auma Obama" (2011) about the Kenyan half-sister of President Obama, and will lead a post-screening Q&A. The film is in English and German with the non-English portions subtitled. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 4 p.m. in Blount Auditorium.

The film won the Africa International Film Festival's Best People's Choice Award in 2011 and Africa Movie Academy Awards' Prize for Best Diaspora Documentary in 2012. "The Education of Auma Obama" is a captivating and intimate portrait of the U.S. president's older half-sister, who embodies a post-colonial, feminist identity. An academic overachiever, she studied linguistics and contemporary dance in Heidelberg, Germany, before enrolling in film school in Berlin, where she met Nigerian-born director Okpako in the 1990s. After living in the United Kingdom for a short period, Auma Obama eventually moved back to Kenya to mentor a young generation of community activists, social workers and other ambitious young men and women who lacked her privileged education and training, but were nonetheless determined to make a positive contribution to their society.

Okpako also will present a screening of the film at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on March 22 at 2 p.m. The Brooks event is $8 general/$6 for Brooks members, students with valid ID/ free with VIP film pass.

The Rhodes screening is sponsored by Rhodes' Department of Modern Languages, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Film Studies program, the Gender and Sexuality Studies program, African-American Studies, and Chapain's Office. For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Bridges of the Department of Modern Languages at

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