Reel Sisters 6/4 & Brooklyn Museum 1st Saturdays 6/6 Present Seyi Adebanjo (Celebrating Queer & Trans Pride)
Reel Sisters & Kumble Theater Present Pride and Gender: A Film Conversation! June 4th 6 pm‐8 pm, with an amazing line up of films!
Ọya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa! (Brooklyn Premiere)
Seyi Adebanjo- Director/Producer/Editor
Yoruba Richen- Executive Producer
One University Plaza Flatbush Ave, btwn Dekalb Ave. & Willoughby St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Brooklyn Museum FirstSaturdays Presents
June 6th, 2015
International LGBTQ Pride
Film 6 p.m.
Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles
A powerful and intensely moving document of a community vigil for Islan Nettles a transgender Womyn of Color.
Excerpt of Ọya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa!
A talkback with the filmmaker follows.
Free tickets (25) at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!
The documentary follows my journey as a Queer Gender Non Conforming Nigerian returning home to connect with Òrìṣà (African God/dess) tradition, and follow a trail back to the powerful legacy of my great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ’ya. This personal and political story vibrantly investigates the heritage of command, mythology, gender fluidity, womyn’s power and the hidden truth behind the power of indigenous Yorùbá spirituality. As I encounter obstacles of a national strike and anti-gay marriage legislation to find the roots of the practice, will I be able to find affirmation for myself as a person between genders/ worlds and take on this inheritance?
visual language/treatment of film.
Poetic meditation of womyn, gender fluidity and power constructs in Yorùbá spirituality. Aesthetics of poetry and storytelling in ỌYA: SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WEST AFRICA! push the boundaries of documentary filmmaking to explore the complex interplay of mythology, gender dynamism, history and psychology in contemporary Nigeria. it is utilizing ritual and performance against text/audio. there is a layering of images and audio, which resonates with the multiple truths/levels of the practice/culture.