Ekwa Msangi

writer • director • producer

    

Selling the Shadow to Support the Substance…
About
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.
Director's Reel

Behind the Scenes

2009

  • Directed by: Ekwa Msangi
  • DP: Sammy Maina

A 25-min television magazine pilot episode which puts a spotlight on the crews and casts behind some of Kenya’s hottest television shows.
Created as a pitch for Kenya network programmers, currently in circulation.

Watch Pilot Episode 

Block-D

2009

  • Directed by: Ekwa Msangi
  • DP: Eric Ndung’u

An original series centered on the dramatic and often comical relationships between a colorful group of tenants in an apartment building in Nairobi’s Kalifonia estate. The show is a satirical take on their often melodramatic interactions, providing an inside look into the development of community, where strangers become neighbors, friends and maybe even family.
Televised country-wide starting October 2009.
Commissioned by Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Produced by Spielworks Media.
All Season One episodes directed by Ekwa Msangi.

Watch Pilot Episode

Higher Learning

Promo Pitch
2009

  • Directed by: Ekwa Msangi
  • DP: Nick Oloo

A pitch created for sponsors of a new 25min television series based in a fictional Kenyan University.
The show was commissioned by NTV Kenya, Produced by Spielworks Media, aired country-wide on NTV starting April 16, 2010.

Watch “Higher Learning” Promo

KFW Mathare 4A School

2009

  • Directed by: Ekwa Msangi
  • DP: Eric Ndung’u

A 20 minute documentary commissioned by KFW Bankengruppe to capture their building of a new primary school in one of Kenya’s poorest slums, Mathare.

Watch “KFW Mathare 4A School”

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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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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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

#TelltheTruthHollywood: An Open Letter to Hollywood in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter

The past few weeks...months...have been a true test of everything. The highs of finally releasing our film to so much ...
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/ 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

all my news & views

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CONTACT
Kindly direct any writing or directing inquiries to:
Ken Lee (Manager)
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
k.lee@bep-ny.com
(212) 659-5110
 
Craig Kestel (Agent)
William Morris Endeavor
ckestel@wmeentertainment.com
(310) 285-9000

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

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Stand Up Nevada! "Farewell Amor" showing TONIGHT at the Cordillera Film Festival and we're up for awards! Buy your tickets now!!
https://watch.eventive.org/cordillera2020/play/5f1a082777443f15c1f7e463
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Friends! Our beautiful film "Farewell Amor" is visiting Reno! We'll be showing at the Cordillera International Film Festival with a virtual Q&A afterwards. Get your tickets!

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Happy Birthday to my Baba! he would've been 83 today! My brother has been digitizing old home movies these past few months and captured this TV interview of Baba talking about how to develop self confidence (he definitely had that!) and its reassuring to listen to his journey as an artist as I embark on my own. Love you baba!
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I loved talking to @ourcampfire about film and life and love in their latest post. Thank you for amplifying and showing love!
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let's turn these BLM sentiments into action! A group of filmmaker colleagues and I sent this open letter to Hollywood...read and share widely! (link in my bio) Aluta Continua! #tellthetruthhollywood
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It's been hard for me to say much...just trying to put one foot in front of the other and stay afloat, stay present, stay hopeful, stay off the news, stay informed, stay ALIVE....today I remembered Cuba and all the places that I'd see this slogan while in was living there and it felt comforting. We will Overcome. Venceremos loves, venceremos!

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Stand Up Nevada!! Farewell Amor Showing Tonight! Get your tickets Now! https://t.co/up7i36TcmK

Happy Birthday to my Baba! he would've been 83 today! My brother has been digitizing old home movies these past few months and captured this TV interview of Baba talking about how to develop self confidence (he… https://t.co/4BtvXyC8Dc

I loved talking to ourcampfire about film and life and love in their latest post. Thank you for amplifying and showing love! https://t.co/lOilYxvEBM

Another trip around the sun and going in style as always! Grateful and blessed! Aluta Continua! https://t.co/bhwFaVfCB1 ekwapics photo

It's been hard for me to say much...just trying to put one foot in front of the other and stay afloat, stay present, stay hopeful, stay off the news, stay informed, stay ALIVE....today I remembered Cuba and all the… https://t.co/8HTfBrsE5N

Another Q&A I moderated at @CordilleraIFF this year is for @ekwapics's critically acclaimed FAREWELL AMOR which premiered at @sundancefest and is our Centerpiece Film.

50% of our features held the coveted 100% on @RottenTomatoes including FAREWELL AMOR.

https://t.co/LBpGM61jYq

Stand Up Nevada!! Farewell Amor Showing Tonight! Get your tickets Now! https://t.co/up7i36TcmK

@AOC Thank you for being the warrior that you are AOC, we're all made better and stand taller because of you. Sending love, solidarity and warmth to you!

Happy Birthday to my Baba! he would've been 83 today! My brother has been digitizing old home movies these past few months and captured this TV interview of Baba talking about how to develop self confidence (he… https://t.co/4BtvXyC8Dc

I loved talking to ourcampfire about film and life and love in their latest post. Thank you for amplifying and showing love! https://t.co/lOilYxvEBM
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