From An Independent African Filmmaker: We're Not Just Today's Griots, We're Your Freedom Fighters

Filmmaker Ekwa Msangi pens a call to action to support the work of independent African filmmakers.

I grew up in Kenya at a time when 99 percent of all television, film and music programming leaned to the West (The stats have changed a great deal since then for television and music, but film is still mostly Western produced). It’s hard to explain what it means to never see one’s own image reflected in any type of realistic way, but the closest example I can share is when I travelled abroad on my own for the first time at 16-years-old.

Keep reading...Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox