Born in Nigeria. Lives and works in the United Kingdom
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Ngozi Onwurah, “Coffee Colored Children” (film still), 1988. © Women Make Movies, New York
Black British filmmaker Ngozi Onwurah takes on the issues of time and space in her work, which embraces heterogeneity and multiple sites of subjectivity. Onwurah consistently navigates and challenges the limits of narrative and ethnographic cinema by insisting that the body is the central landscape of an anti-imperialist cinematic discourse. An accomplished director with several episodes of the top British TV drama series Heartbeat to her credit, Onwurah also wrote and directed the prize-winning feature “Welcome to the Terrordome.” Sometimes fierce and at others more gently humorous, Onwurah tackles the clashes and ironies of the apparent gulf separating black and white, whilst showing that under the skin, emotions are universal. Onwurah's films have won prizes at the Berlin Film Festival, Germany; Melbourne Film Festival, Australia; Toronto Film Festival, Canada; and at NBPC, USA.
Contribution: Participates in Station 3: The Movie Theater East of Eden, Aarhus, with “Coffee Colored Children,” United Kingdom 1988. 16mm, 15 min. Courtesy of Women Make Movies, New York. The film is screened on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.