EDUCATION OF AUMA OBAMA, THE
Directed by Branwen Okpako
Women Filmmakers Week
Thursday Evening Documentary Film Series
Set against the excitement of the U.S. election race in 2008, Nigerian-Welch director Branwen Okpako’s film is about the transformation of Auma Obama, a highly educated and accomplished author, activist and philanthropist in her own right, into the sister of the President of the United States of America. Okpako traces Auma Obama’s past, setting each stage of her story in the larger historical context of the time. We learn of her relationships with her father and her family, and how she, Barack and their father are all “community organizers” and change-makers at heart. We learn of the education she received in Europe and of her eventual return to Kenya to mentor a young generation of community activists, social workers and future leaders.
In German, English, Swahili and Luo with English subtitles.
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