FAMS is pleased to welcome Branwen Kiemute Okpako to campus to deliver the Fall 2022 Keyssar Lecture. Okpako is an acclaimed filmmaker and the Chancellor's Fellow and Associate Professor of the Department of Cinema and Digital Media at University of California, Davis.
Film screening of Okpako's award winning documentary about the first Black policeman in Saxony
Monday November 28, 5-6:45pm at Keefe Campus Theater (Keefe 008)
Join Okpako for her multi-award winning documentary: Dreckfresser (Dirt for Dinner) on the life of Sam Meffire. The son of a German mother and a Cameroonian father, Meffire became the first black policeman in Saxony, and a national advertising campaign used him as a symbol of a multicultural, integrated East Germany. But East Germany was far from integrated and life became ever more complicated for the young man. He left the police force, started a private security firm, and finally turned to crime.
A Q&A will follow the screening, moderated by Professor Lise Sanders.
Lecture: The Visible Voice – Teaching, Reading & Making Films
Tuesday November 29, 5pm at the Frost Library's CHI Think Tank (Frost 210) with a conversation and reception to follow
Okpako's much-anticipated film Return to Chibok had its world premiere at London-based film festival Film Africa in October 2022. Okpako's lecture will revolve around her process of making films and its evolution over the years. She will also share lessons from teaching filmmaking and film reading in the academic context.
"Film is a tool for interrogating one's surroundings, but its intervention is not benign and its presence has changed everything about our being” -Okpako.
Professor Okpako will also visit Melodrama and Film Noir on 11/29 to discuss her film Tal der Ahnungslosen, for which a separate screening will be announced.
These events are free and open to all members of the 5-College community. A virtual option will also be available to 5-College community members to view the lecture on Tuesday evening. Please follow the link to sign up with your 5-college email address.
Please contact Danielle Thompson if you have any accessibility needs or questions.