Episode 020

Abbesi Akhamie

You have to love yourself and who you are, your heritage

June 10, 2018

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Episode Overview

With her debut film having it’s premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, Nigerian filmmaker Abbesi Akhamie can officially call herself a filmmaker!

Her film ‘Still Water Runs Deep’ is a moving exploration of the emotional complexities of one African father.  But what is interesting is that her career choice to become a filmmaker was actually inspired by the blockbuster movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ 


I met with Abbesi shortly after her premiere, and she talked about the journey to being a filmmaker, the challenges she faced in making her debut film, and her big dreams for the future. 

what you’ll learn in this episode

  • How Director Danny Boyle’s movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was the inspiration for her decision to become a filmmaker
  • What inspired her debut film ‘Still Water Runs Deep’
  • What being bi-cultural means to her
  • The biggest lessons she learning in making her debut  film
  • The challenges she faced in bringing this film to life
  • Her experience of being a black African female filmmaker
  • The advise she’d give to anyone thinking of a career in filmmaking
  • Her greatest ambition
  • Who she admires most in the industry
  • What her ‘I am…’ is


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