Ekwa Msangi

writer • director • producer


Selling the Shadow to Support the Substance…
Ekwa has written & directed several shorts, most recently award-winning comedy Soko Sonko (The Market King), recipient of the Ousmane Sembene Short Film Development award, which produced her newly released film Farewell Meu Amor starring Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngauja, and actress Nana Mensah of the famed series An African City. She is currently in development on the feature-length sequel Farewell Amor and received the Jerome Foundation Grant, Tribeca All Access Fellowship, Cine Qua Non Lab Fellowship, IFP/No Borders, and Sundance Feature Film Development Fellowship to that end. Ekwa has also written & directed several drama series for mainstream broadcasters in Kenya and MNET South Africa, including The Agency, MNET’s first-ever original hour-long Kenyan drama series. Ekwa was selected for the 2012 Focus Features’ Africa First Program and the 2016 Berlin Talent Campus. In the past Ekwa has been adjunct faculty at Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a recurring mentor in Mira Nair’s East Africa based Maisha Screenwriting Labs. Currently Ekwa is the resident educational instructor with the African Film Festival, and teaches Screenwriting at The New School and Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Brooklyn College. Ekwa’s first webseries All My Friends Are Married launched to rave reviews, and she is in development on her first feature documentary about Tanzania’s first president, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, along with her award-winning podcast African Cinema NOW! 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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Writer/Director/Producer Ekwa Msangi

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Farewell Meu Amor

Short Film


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Current Projects

Farewell Amor (Working Title)

After 17 years of separation following the Angolan war, Walter’s wife Esther, and daughter Sylvia are finally granted visas to join him in the US. They quickly discover that the years of separation and struggle have turned them into absolute strangers: Esther has become a religious zealot and Walter is ashamed to admit that he doesn’t feel the same fire for her. Sylvia, whom he left when she was months old, is too dutiful and obedient to openly show the pain and confusion that she feels from the perceived abandonment of both her parents. Yet she is still in awe of this almost mythical figure that she’s been waiting all her life to meet. As Walter tries to reconnect to both, he is reluctant to release Linda, the lover he’s known for his past few years in exile. Instead, he tries to convince her to remain a part of his life, but she’s no longer willing to mark time or play second fiddle to his charade of a “normal family life.” As they all attempt to overcome the personal and political hurdles amongst them, they each rely on dance to remember themselves, and to find their way back to each other ...
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Feature Film to be shot in Nairobi, Kenya. (currently in development with Babylon International) An apolitical college professor comes to ...
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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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all my current projects

News & Views

Black Panther: Open Letter [in praise of] director Ryan Coogler

Comrade Ryan! What a magnificent triumph and a blessing your latest film is! As an African female filmmaker, born in ...
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/ 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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all my news & views

Kindly direct any writing or directing inquiries to:
Ken Lee (Manager)
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
(212) 659-5110
Craig Kestel (Agent)
William Morris Endeavor
(310) 285-9000

All other inquiries can be directed to: info@ekwapics.com



L'union fait la force! Happy New Year and Happy Independence Day to the first Republic: Ayiti! Aluta Continua!!
Ekwapics updated their cover photo.
FAREWELL AMOR. Reunited after 17 years apart, Walter, an Angolan immigrant, is joined in the US by his wife and teen daughter. Now absolute strangers sharing a one-bedroom apartment, they discover a shared love of dance may help them overcome the emotional distance between them. Starring Ntare Mbaho Guma Mwine, Zainab Jah, Jayme Lawson, Joie Lee, Marcus Scribner and Nana Mensah. Written & Directed by Ekwa Msangi; Produced by Huriyyah Muhammad, Josh Penn, and Sam Bisbee.





Ekwapics updated their cover photo.
Ashe and amen! Aluta Continua!
At the office taking an edit break and rocking my new #VoudounChild tee. Thank you @twafey !!
Hey friends! We’re heading into production in the next two weeks and could use your help. We have several scenes that need a bunch of extras! It’s a great story about a family that has been separated due to immigration policies and use a shared love of dance to reconnect to each other. We need at least 70 church and dance fans to fill up the scenes and make the film come together. Come through and get paid in the form of good food and a good time!


'Farewell Amor' Is A Character Study On Loss, Reconnection And Second Chances https://t.co/Mng7gzUkIH #shadowAndAct

L'union fait la force! Happy New Year and Happy Independence Day to the first Republic: Ayiti! Aluta Continua!! https://t.co/9IwcYypMGa

FAREWELL AMOR. Reunited after 17 years apart, Walter, an Angolan immigrant, is joined in the US by his wife and teen daughter. Now absolute strangers sharing a one-bedroom apartment, they discover a shared love of… https://t.co/mMSsyQvQlX

My wonderful editor and I took a break from our crazy post schedule to join sustaining_all_life and the millions of New Yorkers demanding change from our government in public policy surrounding Global Warming. The… https://t.co/D6TEjyXwcj

At the office taking an edit break and rocking my new #VoudounChild tee. Thank you twafey !! @ Flatiron District, NYC https://t.co/2iA8Zg6N6G

Bruce is a beast with that Panavision package! (or any camera package really!) https://t.co/8W3HEdUECH

"I have a very colorful and dramatic family who inspired me. Their favorite pastime was storytelling. We as black people have different – largely non-linear – ways of telling stories." - #NYWIFT member @ekwapics talks about her journey to @sundancefest :

It's amazing to see we aren't the only ones who know @ekwapics is helping shape the future of film for women and women of color. #WomenInFilm #FridayMotivation

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