Film and Discussion
Black Lives in Germany: The Education of Auma Obama

The Education of Auma Obama
©Das Kleine Fernsehspiel (ZDF)

Presented by the DEFA Film Library, UMass Amherst


Film Stream: March 8-11:
All registrants for the discussion will receive the link to the film.

A captivating, intimate portrait of the US president's Kenyan half-sister, Auma Obama. Obama studied linguistics in Heidelberg, Germany, before enrolling in film school in Berlin. Ultimately, she moved back to Kenya to mentor a younger generation of politically- and socially-engaged Africans.
Germany 2011
Directed by Branwen Okpako
Documentary, 80 min

Discussion: March 11, 12:00 noon
A discussion with director Branwen Okpako about The Education of Auma Obama and 20 years of filming stories about Black lives and experiences in Germany. Moderated by actor and director Sheri Hagen. Hosted by curator Kevina King (UMass Amherst).

Branwen Okpako ©Kolja Brandt
Branwen Okpako was born in Lagos, Nigeria and studied film directing in Berlin. Her films have won awards at prestigious international film festivals. She teaches at UC Davis and is currently completing Chibok Girls, a feature film based on the 2016 novel by Nigerian author Helon Habila about the mass abduction in northern Nigeria.

Tiffany N. Florvil ©DEFA Film Library
Tiffany N. Florvil is an Associate Professor of 20th-century European Women’s and Gender History at the Univ. of New Mexico. She specializes in the histories of post-1945 Europe, the African/Black diaspora, social movements, feminism, Black internationalism, gender and sexuality, and emotions. She is the author of Mobilizing Black Germany: Afro-German Women and the Making of a Transnational Movement (2020).



Language: English
Price: free, please RSVP