Directed by: Branwen Okpako


Branwen Okpako's The Education of Auma Obama is a captivating and intimate portrait of the U.S. president's older half-sister, who embodies a post-colonial, feminist identity. An academic overachiever, she studied linguistics and contemporary dance in Heidelberg, Germany, before enrolling in film school in Berlin, where she met Nigerian-born director Okpako in the nineties. After living in the United Kingdom for a short period, Auma Obama eventually moved back to Kenya to mentor a young generation of community activists, social workers and other ambitious young men and women who lacked her privileged education and training, but were nonetheless determined to make a positive contribution to their society.  The Education of Auma Obama is also a film about a generation of politically and socially engaged Africans whose aspirations are informed by their parents' experiences, and whose ambition to forge a better future for their communities starts from the ground up. Filmmaker Branwen Okpako will be in attendance for a Q&A after the show.


Join us and musician/composer Jean-Paul Bourelly 30 minutes before the show and after the Q&A for a special musical performance! Bourelly is a notable jazz musician and native Chicagoan.

Saturday, April 19th | 7:30pm Open Spirit - Open Mind: Live Music | 8pm Film Screening | Chicago Filmmakers' Screening Space - 5243 N. Clark St. in Andersonville | $8 Suggested Donation



5243 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago