The highly acclaimed Kenyan/American documentary, Bound. Africans Vs African Americans directed by Peres Owino premieres in Namibia at the Goethe Centre next Saturday.
Written, directed and produced by Kenyan filmmaker, Peres Owino and Produced by Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy, The 100), Bound. Africans Vs African Americans is a multiple award winning, hard hitting documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. The film opens with personal testimonials that expose this rift then walks us through the corridors of African colonialism and African American enslavement, laying bare their effects and how these have divided and bound Africans and African Americans.
Interviews with notable experts on African-American culture guide us through Bound and provides context for the interviews. Dr. Maulana Karenga (the founder of Kwanzaa) contextualized the Black Consciousness Movement; Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, explains some of the behavioral aspects of African-Americans; and Dr. Joseph Bailey exposes the psychology of slavery.
“The Must See Film of 2015” Huffington Post (Ernest Owens)
“Owino has created a compelling, significant, and empathetic film that will be a conversation starter and a catalyst for change across the African diaspora. But it is the film’s exemplary exploration of cultural relations that assists in reflecting on all societies the importance of examining the racial, political, and geographical prejudices within us all.” Brice Smither, Montreel-X
“My favorite doc of SIFF 2014 (and the winner of this year’s Lena Sharpe Award, which goes to the female director’s film that receives the most votes in public balloting at the festival) found director Peres Owino approaching an eye-opening issue with a personal stamp that felt absolutely integral. It’s a movie that finds a lot of universality in an ostensibly narrow topic.” Reads The Sunbreak review.
The documentary has won many awards like the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival, Winner – Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the Seattle International Film Festival,
Winner – Best Film Directed by Woman of Color Award at the African Diaspora Int’l Film Festival
Nominee – 2015 AMAA for Best Diaspora Documentary
#BOUNDAvAA has screened at over a dozen film festivals across US, Canada, Europe and universities including Harvard University.
Peres Owino (Lifetime TV’s Seasons of Love, author of On the Verge) is a Kenyan born award winning writer, director, producer and actress. Her directorial debut, “Bound: Africans vs. African Americans” won the Women in Film- Lena Sharpe Award at its World Premiere at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. Entrance to the documentary is N$40.