Directors in Conversation: Imruh Bakari talks to Kwesi Owusu director of Ama

Thursday 26th October

Following the film showing of Ama at West Norwood Picturehouse earlier in the festival, Director Kwesi Owusu will discuss the film and his work with fellow Director Imruh Bakari.


Kwesi Owusu is one of Ghana’s leading filmmakers and writer. He is also the author of five books. In the 1980s, he was a founding member of the influential pan-African performance group African Dawn. Since 2022 he has hosted the African Dawn podcast, covering “untold stories” from Africa’s cultural history, as well as current trends in the arts world.

Imruh Bakari was the Festival Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) for 5 years and is a founder/director of Tanzania Screenwriters Forum. He is a former member of the Advisory Council of the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers and currently a member of Tanzania Independent Producers Association, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of African Cinemas. He has a number of film and television credits, including Riots and Rumours of Riots, Street Warriors and The Mark of the Hand. In 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in African Cinema.