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NAIJA BETA

(2016, 50 minutes)

Documentary

When a team of MIT undergraduates heads home to Nigeria to shake up education through a robotics summer camp for high-schoolers, their ideals are tested by reality.

 

                                                                AWARDS

🏆ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY FILM – Silicon Valley African Film Festival 2016

🏆BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM – Urban Mediamakers Film Festival 2016

🏆BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM – Roxbury International Film Festival 2016

🏆HIGH OUTPUT DIRECTOR AWARD – Arlington International Film Festival 2016

🏆BEST HUMANITARIAN FILM (NOMINEE) – RapidLion: The South African International Film Festival 2017

                                                                    PRESS

This Is Africa, 5/26/2017: Ghanaian filmmaker Arthur Musah tells the story of African immigrant students

MIT Division of Student Life, 5/19/2017: From Africa to MIT and Back Again

Press Release, 4/13/2017: One Day I Too Go Fly Inc Releases Award-Winning Directorial Debut NAIJA BETA Documentary By Ghanaian Filmmaker Arthur Musah on VOD Platforms VXH and Vimeo Worldwide

Media Update, 3/08/2017: RapidLion film festival engages African filmmakers in debate

Africa Is A Country, 1/25/2017: Documenting Nigeria’s ‘brain drain’

Sodas ‘N’ Popcorn, 12/15/2016: AFRIFF Review: Naija Beta, Directed by Arthur Musah

CNN, 10/07/2016: The MIT grad building Africa’s first STEM school

Slice of MIT, 9/20/2016: Alumnus Chronicles the Africa-MIT Experience

TRUE AFRICA, 4/30/2016: Naija Beta director Arthur Musah on ‘the value of homecoming and the power of youth’

                                                       SCREENINGS

July 8-16, 2017: Zanzibar International Film Festival [Zanzibar, TANZANIA]

June 24-July 1, 2017: Realtime International Film Festival [Lagos, NIGERIA]

May 20, 2017: New York African Film Festival [4:30PM @ Maysles Cinema, Harlem, NY, USA]

April 27, 2017: MIT Division of Student Life Screening [3:30PM @ Room 3-270, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA]

April 25, 2017: MIT Lecture Series Committee Screening [7PM @ Room 26-100, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA]

April 25, 2017: HALI Indaba Conference [7PM @ Moriah Hill Resort, Lake Kivu, RWANDA]

April 20, 2017: Afrika Film Festival of Louvain-la-Neuve [7:30 PM @ Placet Center, Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM]

April 14, 2017: Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development (YAAPD) Conference [5PM @ Yale University, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511, USA]

March 8 & 11, 2017: RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival [March 8th 1:45 PM  & March 11th 10:00AM @ The Mannie Manim Theatre, The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA]

February 16, 2017: The West African Film Festival [6-9PM @ University of Houston – Downtown, Robertson Auditorium, 1 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA]

January 14 & 15, 2017: African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase [Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA]

November 20, 2016: Global Entrepreneurship Week, African Leadership University [ALU Campus, MAURITIUS]

November 16 & 18, 2016: Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) [Genesis Deluxe Cinema, The Palms, Lekki, Lagos, NIGERIA]

November 5, 2016: Girls Day at the MIT Museum [11AM-4PM @ MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA]

October 29, 2016: Arlington International Film Festival [7:02PM @ Capitol Theater, 204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474, USA]

October 15, 2016: Silicon Valley African Film Festival [6PM @ Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040, USA]

October 13, 2016: Gary International Black Film Festival [2PM @ Bergland Auditorium, Indiana University Northwest | 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408, USA]

October 10, 2016: Urban Mediamakers Film Festival [4:30PM @ Cinefest Movie Theater at Georgia State University, 66 Courtland St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA]

September 28, 2016: MIT Club of Boston Screening and Panel Discussion [6.30PM @ MIT Bush Room 10-105, 222 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA]

July 2, 2016: The African Film Festival (TAFF) [11AM @ Texas Theatre, 231 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208, USA]

June 26, 2016: The Roxbury International Film Festival [11AM @ Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, USA]

April 17 & 18, 2016: Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes [Cannes, FRANCE]

 

 

ONE DAY I TOO GO FLY

(In Post-Production)

A Feature-Length Documentary

Four African youths on a quest for knowledge at an elite American university, MIT. Shooting over 4 years as their lives meander between North America and Africa, this film will chronicle how they discover engineering, the world, and themselves.

PRESS

Slice of MIT, 11/26/2012: Alum’s Documentary Captures Lives of African MIT Students—and Reveals Modern Africa

FILMMAKER BIO

Arthur Musah is a filmmaker from Ghana and Ukraine. His latest documentary NAIJA BETA (@naijabetafilm), premiered in 2016 at the Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, and won Best Documentary Feature at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta and an Achievement in Documentary Film Award at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival. NAIJA BETA also screened at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where it won Best Documentary Short Film at the Roxbury International Film Festival.  He continues his exploration of African identities in a globalized age through his upcoming feature ONE DAY I TOO GO FLY (@onedayitoogofly). Arthur studied filmmaking in the MFA program at the University of Southern California as an Annenberg Fellow, and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Follow Arthur on twitter and instagram@pidgincinema.