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Filmmaking, for me, is a way of being socially engaged in this world. Having grown up in a post-colonial African context that witnessed the rapid decline of the dreams related to independence and having lived as a migrant in the West for the past thirty years, the stories I tell in my films are born out of my own critical interaction with the worlds I inhabit.

Thus, my films are characterized by this personal note, where I incorporate my own experiences and my own sensibility as both an African and a migrant. This sensibility is indispensable for challenging inherited historical misrepresentations without being merely reactive, and for finding our own authentic aesthetic form that allows us to define our images, to tell our stories, to bring forth new perspectives.

This situated sensibility also enables me to open myself to the world, to critically interrogate myself about the borders that are continuously imposed on us. My filmmaking always deals with borders. While I challenge many of the imposed borders, I am highly interested in understanding how borders work in individual lives, how they are negotiated, challenged, re-appropriated and redefined.

       
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Born in Benin in 1967, Idrissou MORA-KPAI is an independent documentary filmmaker and producer who graduated from the prestigious Konrad Wolf University of Film and Television Art in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany. Before moving to the US, two years ago, he lived and worked in Paris.

Idrissou Mora-Kpai’s socially and politically engaged documentary films (Si-Gueriki, Arlit – The Second Paris, Indochina – Traces of a Mother) have been screened throughout the world and received numerous international prizes and awards. They are largely distributed in universities in Europe and North America and have been reviewed and analyzed in professional, academic, and popular publications.

From 2011 to 2012, Mora-Kpai was an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University and from 2012-2013 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art of the Moving Image program at Duke University.

Idrissou Mora-Kpai is currently working on two projects. He started shooting a documentary project entitled “Public Anger” that narrates the struggles of a mother seeking justice for her son murdered in an act of vigilant justice. By following her story, the film seeks to shed light on the failing justice system of post-colonial Benin, which is one of the factors that explain the recent increase of vigilantism. And having recently completed the fiction feature screenplay “Corporal Ganda” inspired by the oral histories collected during his documentary “Indochina,” he is now seeking funding possibilities for this project.

Mora-Kpai has just received the esteemed Dutch Prince Claus Award 2013, which annually rewards eleven laureats for outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. http://www.princeclausfund.org/en/network/idrissoumora-kpai.html

       

       
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COMING UP SOON

2014

Indochina, Traces of a Mother
Thursday, February 27
18:30
New York University

RECENT SCREENINGs

2013

Arlit deuxiÈme Paris
Atomic Cine Film festival
Saturday April 27
19 :15
Andora-Helsinki
Finland


▶ Indochina at Fordham University
Friday April 12
Fordham University, NY


2012
▶ Indochina at Festival Afrikamera
Nov 14
Festival Afrikamera
Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin
Sept 28
FESTIVAL „Jenseits von Europa XII“
Neue Filme aus Afrika
Filmforum im Museum Ludwig
Cologne ; Germany


▶ DUKE UNIVERSITY

Durham NC
Duke University
Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater

SEPTEMBER 11, at 07:00 PM  >>more

▶ Filmforum NRW:
Germany/ Cologne
Germany/ Cologne: Filmforum NRW

SEPTEMBER 28, at 08:00
PM  >> more

▶ CORNELL UNIVERSITY
ITHACA, NY

Filmmaker Idrissou Mora Kpai discusses his film
INDOCHINA
FRIDAY, June 8, 8:00 PM
HASBROOK COMMUNITY CENTER
free admission


▶ CORNELL UNIVERSITY
ITHACA, NY

Filmmaker Idrissou Mora Kpai discusses his film
INDOCHINA
with Professor Salah Hassan (Africana Studies).
free admission
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 7:00 PM, WSH

▶ FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
NEW YORK

Filmscreening and discussion
with filmmaker Idrissou Mora Kpai
of his critically acclaimed documentary
Arlit: Deuxieme Paris
Thursday, April 26 at 6:00 PM
Jogues Hall First Floor Lounge

▶ VUES D'AFRIQUE
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
DE CINÉMA
MONTREAL

dimanche 29 avril à 13h15 et le
TUESDAY MAY 1, 5:00 PM
‪Vues D'Afrique‬‎
‪100 Sherbrooke E‬
‪Montréal, QC H2X 1C3‬
‪(514) 284-3322‬ • http://www.vuesdafrique.org


▶ BIOSCOPE
JOHANNESBURG / SOUTH AFRICA

Filmscreening and discussion
with filmmaker Idrissou Mora Kpai
of his critically acclaimed documentary
INDOCHINA
MAY 8 at 7:30 PM
Jogues Hall First Floor Lounge

     
  idrissouprojects PUBLIC ANGER

The crimes depicted in "Public Anger" are not the doing of criminals or delinquents; they are committed by ordinary citizens, by simple city and village folk, in the name of popular will. Angry crowds' lynching of alleged culprits has become a day-to-day reality in certain African countries. It is the result of the legal vacuum and failings of the public administration that characterize so many States on the continent. Taking the example of specific cases of mob justice in Benin, the film will attempt to establish a diagnosis of a legal system riddled with corruption.

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  indochinascreenings   IDRISSOU MORA-KPAI
Email: idrissou@idrimora.com or idrimora@gmail.com
Tel: +1 (919) 450-8732


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