Ekwa Msangi

writer • director • producer

    

Selling the Shadow to Support the Substance…
About

Ekwa has directed several short films, most recently a short comedy film entitled Soko Sonko (The Market King) which was commissioned by Focus Features’ Africa First Program. After several exciting screenings, Ekwa’s suspense-thriller  Taharuki (Suspense), a 12-minute prequel to her feature film in development, Eastlands, was picked up for distribution by Shorts International, Inc. and is currently in circulation in both North America and Europe.Ekwa has also directed several drama series for mainstream broadcasters in Kenya and for MNET South Africa, including The Agency, MNET’s first ever original hour-long Kenyan drama series.  She’s written for both television and film, and produced several shorts.  Her films have been official selections at several world festivals including New York African, Durban International, and Pan African Film Festivals, and Weakness, a short film she recently produced, was nominated for a 2010 Kalasha Award and a 2011 African Movie Academy Award (AMAA).
Ekwa received her BFA in Film/TV from Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in African Cinema from Gallatin School of Individualized Study, both at New York University. She is now Adjunct Faculty at Tisch School of the Arts where she teaches Production and Cultural Studies classes, as well as being a resident instructor with the African Film Festival, Inc.  where she has done numerous after school youth video-making classes as part of a collaboration with the New York Department of Education.
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.

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Director's Reel

African CInema NOW!

Podcast

2017

Writer/Director/Producer Ekwa Msangi

Half hour episodes in conversation with African film artists discussing their work, inspiration, and everything between the pen and the screen.

Listen to us on Soundcloud

Farewell Meu Amor

Short Film

2016

  • Writer/Director/Producer: Ekwa Msangi
  • DP: Shawn Peters

On the morning of the long-awaited reunion with his exiled family, a man is faced with the heartbreak of a different type of parting – from his lover.

Farewell Meu Amor Website

Soko Sonko (The Market King)

Short Film
2014

  • Writer/Director/Producer: Ekwa Msangi
  • DP: Andrew “Dru” Mungai

When her mother falls sick, Kibibi’s father, Ed, is tasked with taking her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish‐out of‐water roller‐coaster of a journey, about a well‐intended dad who braves the fires and goes where no man has gone before…because only women have been there!

Soko Sonko Website

All My Friends Are Married

Web series
2014

  • Director/Producer: Ekwa Msangi

All My Friends Are Married is a quirky comedic webseries with a blend of dry and physical humor. It highlights the joys, mistakes, hopes and pitfalls of being single & living in New York City. With tenderness, joy and irony we present the story of a women struggling to survive adulthood from her very imaginative point of view. This series captures the intersection where heaven meets earth; where adulthood and dreams force reality. It is here that faith, hope and love collides with bills, delayed promises and fears.
All My Friends Are Married depicts the life of a thirty something woman attempting to avoid spinsterhood in New York City.

All My Friends Are Married Website

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Current Projects

All My Friends Are Married

Web series to be shot in New York City, written by Mercedes Brazier-Thurman. A quirky comedic webseries with a blend ...
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Eastlands

Feature Film to be shot in Nairobi, Kenya. (currently in development with Babylon International) An apolitical college professor comes to ...
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Sultan of the Ocean

Feature Film to be shot in Zanzibar, Tanzania. When Sultan, a mute ocean-loving orphan is determined to get to Shell ...
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Paper Prince

Feature Film to be shot in New York City. When a proud and proper African immigrant pays to marry a ...
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all my current projects

 
News & Views

Self Care in a Time of Madness…

So Charlottesville and the KKK. And Barcelona. And any number of non-Western countries going through all sorts of political shit ...
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First there was Sarafina!, and now The Queen of Katwe

It's hard to explain what it's like to have grown up NEVER seeing your own image in a movie or ...
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/ Africa, African Film, Directors, News & Views

Not-for-Profit African Filmmaking

I've never considered how deeply steeped in Western culture screenwriting is until I had to teach it in Swahili. Seriously yo, ...
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Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can!

That's the chant that was in my head this morning when I woke up! I've been reaching out far and ...
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/ News & Views

all my news & views

PRESS

Jamati.com

In 12 minutes, writer-director Ekwa Msangi-Omari (‘The Agency’, ‘Block-D’) accomplishes a film that lives up to its title. ‘Taharuki’ deals with an important subject matter and illustrates the need for Africans (irrespective of ethnic differences) to continue to work together to achieve common goals ...
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The Standard Newspaper

The crew credits the show’s director Ekwa Msangi-Omari for taking Kenyan filmmaking to new heights. Her amiable approach encourages actors to use their individual touch and gives them some freedom to manoeuvre ...
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Jamati.com

The Agency is rife with rivalry, romance, intrigue, betrayal and triumph, all combined in an explosive series. Definitely a must-watch African tale! ...
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Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Actress (The Agency, Block-D)

Ekwa discusses the role with the actor and gives him or her the chance to feel the role within the context of his or her personal experience. This puts me at ease ...
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Dorothy Ghettuba, Executive Producer (Block-D, Higher Learning, Saints)

Ekwa has been trained for this, and the [TV] show ends up looking like film ...
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Ekwapics1 month ago
Today marks 15 years since my father crossed over and became an ancestor. I love that I can always feel his presence around me, and I miss him dreadfully. Raising him up today...
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Ekwapics2 months ago
Blessed, safe and bright season ya'll. Wishing you all love and radical self care in 2018. We have work to do so get your rest on! Aluta Continua!
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Ekwapics2 months ago
Going thru some old boxes recently and unearthed these gorgeous African cinema books that a girlfriend gave me as inspiration for my artist's journey. I love my tribe and I'm protected by warriors. Ashe!
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Ekwapics2 months ago
Ashe and amen! Aluta Continua!
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Ekwapics2 months ago
Talking immigration and "Farewell Meu Amor" on @thebradandsqueezeshow today! Check us out!
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Ekwapics shared The Brad Show's live video.2 months ago
Speaking about our film "Farewell Meu Amor" on the Brad and Squeeze Show today, live! Join us!
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The Brad Show
The Brad & Squeeze Show: IMMIGRATION EDITION - December 15, 2017 LIVE AT 9AM After some heated discussions on the show yesterday, Brad & Squeeze shook hands and made up. But will it last going into the weekend? Let's hope so because we're still answering ALL YOUR IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS at 1-800-529-5465 as well as everything you've left in the comments! Don't miss a second of the action! Brad and Squeeze talk with film director Ekwa Masangi about her latest film. Farewell Meu Amor tells the story of an immigrant who has to leave his wife and child behind in their home country to make a new life in the United States. Some of the immigration questions covered in this episode are: Can you file a green card petition if you receive government support? Do you have to do a medical exam to get a 10 year green card? Does Spar and Bernstein write visa invitation letters for clients? How do you get a green card? What are the requirements for a child who was born outside of the US to become an automatic citizen of the United States? Learn more about our immigration department at: https://www.lawsb.com/practice-areas/immigration/ Call the Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein at 1(800)-529-5465 (North America) or 1(212)-227-8933 (International) to join the discussion and ask your questions LIVE on The Brad & Squeeze Show weekdays at 9AM and Noon. To schedule an appointment with Brad Bernstein from the Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein call 1(800)-529-5465 (North America) or 1(212)-227-8933 (International) ***SUBSCRIBE/Follow Us*** Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/TheBradandSqueezeShow Twitter: https://twitter.com/BradAndSqueeze Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BradAndSqueeze Everyone has a right to the American Dream, and we want to help you reach yours! Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein Call 1-800-529-5465 Today! 225 Broadway, 5th FL New York, New York 10007 Attorney Advertisement. Prior Successful results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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Yes girl, for me too! Mandatory viewing on all my film classes from here on out! Sooooo many layers! https://t.co/YqeInGj9jN
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It was a Wakanda-ful weekend, soaking up the black beauty, brilliance, and excellence with my… https://t.co/p5S7K1MdBw
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