A feature documentary on the life and times
of Auma Obama told from her homestead in Kenya during the run up to the 2008 US Presidential elections that brought her brother Barack Obama to power.
Auma Obama, Kezia Obama, Marsat Osumba Onyango,
Mama Sarah Obama, Elke Brenstein, Gloria Hagberg,
Paula Schramm, Lois Wambui Thuo, Njeri Karago,
Prof. Wierlacher, Jai Gonzales, Alfons L. Ims,
Wanjiru Kinyanjui and others
 Branwen Okpako
 Kolja Brandt
 Jean-Paul Bourelly
 Ulla Kösterke
 Jürgen Schönhoff
 Kuen-II Song
 Ansgar Frerich
 Katrin Springer
 Volker Ullrich
 Jörg Schneider
shot on location in Kenya, England and Germany
languages: English, German, Luo, Swahili
Filmkantine in co-production with
ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel and Branwen Okpako
supported by Rombach & Partner and Pictorion das werk
Germany 2011, 79 minutes


was born in Nigeria. She studied Political Science in England, followed by studies in Film Direction in Berlin.

O’levels International school Ibadan 1980 - 1985.

International Baccalaureate United World college of
the Atlantic Wales 1985 - 1987.

BSc Political Science Bristol University 1988 - 1991.

Masters Film Direction German Film & Television Academy Berlin (dffb) 1992 - 1999.


Probe (1992) •  Frida Film (1993) • Vorspiel (1994) •
Landing (1995) • Market Forces (1996) •
Searching for Taid (1997) • LoveLoveLiebe (1998)

Feature Documentaries

The Education of Auma Obama
(Die Geschichte der Auma Obama, 2011)

Dreckfresser (Dirt for Dinner, 2000)

The Pilot and the Passenger (2007)

Feature Film

Tal der Ahnungslosen (Valley of the Innocent, 2003)




Branwen Okpako in interview with
Professor Angelica Fenner of Toronto University

Women in German Yearbook 28 (2012)



video & audio

Branwen Okpako in interview
with Black World Cinema (video)

BBC Radiofeature (audio)

Branwen Okpako and Auma Obama
at the Berlin Premiere (video)

press releases (selection)



 Download Poster (english)

 Download Poster (german)

Download Presskit pdf (english)
Download Presskit pdf (german)

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DVD with English and German subtitles

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