OUSMANE is about a man who is homesick and shows signs of depression. He meets Edith, his neighbor who makes him think of his mother and he takes care of her as she is his mother.
OUSMANE Direction: Jorge Camarotti, digital, OmeU, 25 min
In 1986, at the age of 4, Molley fled the civil war in Liberia for Germany. There, in the late 1990s, he discovered hip-hop. By the age of 17, he was opening for Sido, K.I.Z., Kollegah and performing at Kool Savas' after-show party. His music oscillates between political rap, afrobeat and indie soul, defending love, solidarity and respect. It's not only musically that Molley takes a clear stand against racism, sexism, homophobia, hatred and violence, he's also an active member of the N-Wort Stoppen Initiative and cooperates with other initiatives such as Seebrücke, Wir sind Alle Mittendrin, Artists for Peace. In collaboration with Phyllis Quartey and Joanna Peprah, he directed this year's Diaspora short film program.
Joanna Peprah is a spokesperson of the local group Cologne as well as an advisory board member of the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e. V. (ISD). She is a co-founder of the initiative "Stop the N-word", which campaigned for Cologne - as the first city in Germany - to outlaw the N-word in 2020. They achieved this goal with Germany-wide demonstrations, rallies and social media actions on the topic of racism & anti-black racism. Joanna Peprah is a consultant and speaker. In 2022, she was appointed to the Expert:inside Panel (Post)Colonial Heritage of Cologne and organised the first Black-Owned Pop-Up Market in NRW. With Phyllis Quartey and Molley, she curated the Diaspora short film programme this year.
Phyllis Quartey, she/her is 36 years old, mother, activist, graduate of the Black Empowerment Academy in Berlin, educational consultant, former student of industrial management in global markets at the European University of Applied Sciences in Brühl, and a poet. She deals with the issues of anti-racism, colonialism and empowerment in the initiatives “N-Wort Stoppen”, “Decolonize-Wuppertal” and in various workshops. Her main concern is to enable a critical examination of the history of colonialism and its effects until today. Her idols are her father, May Ayim and Audre Lorde. With Joanna Peprah and Molley, she curated the Diaspora short film programme this year.