Idrissou Mora-Kpai

Assistant Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies
School: Roy H. Park School of Communications
Phone: 607-274-1994
Office: Roy H Park School of Communications 248, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Cinema Production

Idrissou Mora-Kpai is an award-winning Beninese filmmaker whose films have screened at international film festivals such as in Berlin International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival (Institut Français Screening) Vienna, Milano, Busan International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Cinema du Réel (Paris), FID Marseille. 

His films include America Street (2019),  Indochina Traces of a Mother (2011), Arlit The Second Paris (2005)Si-Gueriki, The Queen Mother (2002) and Fake Soldiers (1999). His social documentaries tackle post-colonial African societies, migrations, and diasporas. 

His films have received funding from New York Media Arts Assistance Fund, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Fonds Francophone de Production Audiovisuelle du Sud (France), Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (France), Fonds Sud Cinéma (France), Hubert Bals Fund (Netherlands) European Commission (Belgium), Filmbüro NRW (Germany), PROCIREP (France) etc.

Idrissou’s work is widely distributed in universities in Europe and North America and have been reviewed and critiqued in professional, academic, and popular publications such as Variety, Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

He is a recipient of the Dutch Prince Claus Award for his artistic achievements dedicated to promoting social change in the Global South. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies at Ithaca College.

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Courses taught:

Cinema Production 1

Cinema Production 2

Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction 

Cinema Production Thesis