The Diaspora Suite
2010-2017, 77 minutes, Digital
Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, and the United States
Director: Ephraim Asili
In seven years, filmmaker, radio host, and all-round music aficionado Ephraim Asili has completed a remarkable cycle of five films regarding his own relationship with the greater African diaspora. These films – Forged Ways (2011), American Hunger (2013), Many Thousands Gone (2015), Kindah (2016), and Fluid Frontiers (2017) – document not only his travels across Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, and the United States, but also a personal meditation on the constructs surrounding African-American cultural identity, while exploring the interactions of cultures and histories across time and space.