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 

An award-winning filmmaker, recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and Prince Claus award, committed, for the past 25 years, to produce not only artistically compelling, but also socially relevant work that tells the stories of people underrepresented in mainstream productions. Idrissou’s filmography includes works such as his early narrative shorts, "Fugace" (1996) and "Fake Soldiers" (1999), pioneers in showcasing Black German life, as well as his documentary features, Si-Gueriki, The Queen Mother (2002), "Arlit The Second Paris" (2005), "Indochina Traces of a Mother" (2011), and "America Street(2019).

Mora-Kpai’s films have been screened world-wide at numerous prestigious festivals, such as Berlin, Rotterdam, Vienna, Milano, Busan, Marseille, Sheffield. His works have garnered many international accolades, including the Best Documentary Award, TV5 Award; 20th Namur International Festival of French- Speaking Film Festival, Namur, Belgium; Best Documentary Award, 15th African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival, Milan, Italia.

He has served as a visiting artist at Cornell University, a visiting professor at Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh.

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Courses taught:

Cinema Production 1

Cinema Production 2

Advanced Cinema Production: Nonfiction 

Cinema Production Thesis