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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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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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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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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