The Hair of the Matter

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3 May 2005 - 6 May 2005
May 3, 7-9pm and May 4-6, 12-6pm
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Panorama Screening Series presents The Hair of the Matter as part of the 2005 New York African Film Festival. The Hair of the Matter screening on May 3 at 7pm is a special program of cinematic narrative, documentary, music, video installation and live performance exploring the style and culture of African Diaspora.

The Hair of the Matter features work from Andrew Dosunma, Ingrid Mwangi, Rich Medina and live Hairbraiders.

This event features an istallation by Ingrid Mwangi on view at Eyebeam May 4-6, 12-6pm.

Ingrid Mwangi is an artist of Kenyan origin, living in Germany since she was fifteen. In her videos, installations, performances, and photo works, Mwangi incessantly explores her blackness as well as her biracial heritage. Her works document the journey to herself, dealing with deeply rooted patterns of behavior and attitudes that lead to social, political, and cultural stigmatization.

Andrew Dosunmu, a filmmaker from Nigeria, started his career as a design assistant in the Haute Couture House of Yves St Laurent. He worked as a fashion creative director and photographer before moving to film and has directed music videos, commercials and documentaries including the an award winning Hot Irons.

DJ Rich Medina uses decks to create intelligent musical blends bridging unexpected song selections. Medina credits his family’s Baptist faith as the groundwork and source of his musical inclination and intuition. When he’s writing music, Medina always aims to inject a universal notion of the need for change.

Balguissa Zoungrana and Mariam Simpore, both from Burkina Faso, have been braiding hair for 11 years collectively. They work out of a collective-owned shop called Union African Hair Braiding, on Morningside Avenue in Harlem. They are young entrepreneurs bringing the tradition of African hairbraiding (an intrinsic part of so many cultures all throughout Africa) to the US.

All events are free to the public with a suggested donation. For more information about the twelth annual New York African Film Festival please visit:

People: Andrew Dosunma, Andrew Dosunmu, Burkina Faso, Ingrid Mwangi, Rich Medina
Research: Moving Image Studio