Idrissou Mora-Kpai

Assistant Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies
Phone: 607-274-1994
Office: Roy H Park School of Communications 248, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Fiction and documentary production

Idrissou Mora-Kpai is an award winning filmmaker. Born in Benin, West Africa, Idrissou has made a name for himself with his social documentaries tackling post-colonial African societies, African migrations and diasporas. Idrissou’s filmography includes “Indochina Traces of a Mother”, “Arlit The Second Paris”, and “ Si-Gueriki, The Queen Mother,” which have been screened at festivals throughout the world, including at Rotterdam International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival (Institut Français screening), Sheffield Doc/Fest, Bussan International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film festival, Cinéma du Réel - Paris, Margaret Mead Documentary Film Festival, Viennale International Film Festival, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and received numerous international prizes and awards. Idrissou’s most recent film, America Street (2019) explores the daily struggles of an African-American community in a quickly gentrifying historical black neighborhood in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, just after the 2015 Walter Scott killing.

His films are widely distributed in universities in Europe and North America and have been reviewed and critiqued in professional, academic, and popular publications. In 2013, Idrissou was one of the recipients of the Prince Claus Award. The Dutch Prince Claus Foundation rewards artists and intellectuals annually for outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. A graduate from Film University Babelsberg, Konrad Wolf in Germany, Idrissou has been a guest artist and visiting faculty member at Cornell University, Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh.

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Courses taught:

Cinema Production 1

Cinema Production 2

Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction