Documentary Film: The Education of Auma Obama
03/22/2014, 2:00 PM to 3:40 PM
$8 / $6 Brooks members, students with valid ID / Free with VIP Film Pass map
This 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
has always been interested in questions of identity, affiliation and belonging.
Although she frames her film as a biographical portrait of Obama, she goes much
further, providing a layered historical context and discussions of
post-colonial African identity.
Filmmaker Branwen Okpako will introduce her film and lead a
Director: Branwen Okpako | Kenya/Germany/Nigeria |
2011 | 79 minutes