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Ekwa Msangi-Omar

Tanzanie, États-Unis


Ekwa est une réalisatrice, scénariste, monteuse et productrice tanzanienne-américaine qui a grandi au Kenya et qui vit à New York, USA. Ekwa a travaillé pour la télévision et a aussi réalisé plusieurs courts métrages – dont Taharuki en 2011, un thriller de 12-minute sur les violences post-électorales qui ont ensanglanté le Kenya – et plus récemment Soko (Le Marché) – une comédie de 25 minutes sur un Kenyan de la classe moyenne.

Vanessa Lanari
(blog Shadow and Act, Dec 2013)


Ekwa Msangi-Omari (writer,director,producer) is a Tanzanian-American filmmaker who grew up in Kenya and is based in New York. Her initial career started in producing, and now focusses on writing and directing.

Ekwa has directed several short films, most recently Taharuki, a 12-minute short set against the backdrop of the start of Kenya’s post-election violence, about a man and woman from opposing ethnic tribes who’re working for an underground resistance movement to expose a child-trafficking cartel when something goes wrong, and they’re forced to make tough choices in order to stay alive and complete their mission.

Ekwa has also directed several drama series for mainstream broadcasters in Kenya and for MNET South Africa which includes The Agency, MNET’s first ever original hour-long Kenyan drama series. The Agency was televised continent-wide and her films Taharuki (Suspense), Weakness, and Dollar Van have been official selections at festivals such as New York African, Pan African, Durban International, Imagem dos Povos, Roxbury International, and Zanzibar International Film Festivals.

As well as her directing career, Ekwa has written for both television and film, and is currently developing a feature film sequel to her 2011 film Taharuki which is titled Sweet Justice and is currently in development at Babylon International 2011.

Currently, Ekwa teaches a Spring Documentary Production course in Havana, Cuba. She has guest lectured on the topic of Contemporary African Cine-Media, and is Associate Director of the Independent Film School in New York. She is also an active Board Member of the Women in Film & Television – Kenya Chapter.

One of Ekwa’s key goals as an artist is to transform our society’s images and relationships with African cultures, and to empower African filmmakers in telling their stories.