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In I AM, a hermit in a dystopian world takes in an android, and the unusual encounter awakes dark memories.
I AM Direction: Jerry Hoffmann, digital, OF m. engl. UT, 27 min
Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye is a director, author and vision mixer for cinema/TV/online. She has shot multiple short films, a mid-length documentary film, advertisements for cinema, and magazine reports, and has worked as programme planner for the Afrika Film Festival Köln (AFFK) for two years. Her personal highlights as a vision mixer include working on the MTV Unplugged concert by Sportfreunde Stiller. Her graduation film at Cologne’s international film school, BEENTO (2007), spent six months in cinemas (as part of the compilation AM ENDE KOMMT DIE WENDE) and was shown at the Max Ophüls Festival in Saarbrücken and at the AFFK. It received the award for the best student film at the Short Cuts Cologne festival, where her short film GEHENLASSEN also won the Audience Award. Her documentary I HAVE A DREAM about the Black Lives Matter protests in Cologne was among those featured in the Black History Month 2021 programme. Nancy’s debut HOMESHOPPERS’ PARADISE (SWR, ARTE) was recently completed and will be shown in 2023 on ARTE and by ARD.
Abel Michael is a filmmaker and owner of the agency ‘AMXI Filmdesign’, which has its headquarters in Cologne. As a cameraman and director, he designs, conceptualises and visualises advertising and promotional films for businesses. His film journey began at the age of 11, when he received his first small digital camera as a birthday gift. He and his friends would use it to make football trick videos in the style of Nike’s ‘Joga Bonito’ series, which they then uploaded to YouTube. At 18, he turned his hobby into a profession and started shooting advertising commissions and wedding videos. His short documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement was shown in Cologne at the 2020 Africa Film Events. For the festival this year, he has worked together with filmmaker Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye to curate the diaspora short film series.