Ngozi Onwurah moved from Nigeria to Britain with her family at the age of nine after surviving the Nigerian civil war. A passion for cinema led her to St Martins School of Art, where she graduated with a First Class Honors Degree in Fine Arts, Film & Video. Her graduation film COFFEE COLOURED CHILDREN, kick-started her career when it won first prize in the BBC Showreel competition. She then completed postgraduate studies in Drama Direction at the National Film & Television School.
Ngozi has been widely acknowledged as one of the most talented directors in Britain. More success and awards followed with further dramas and documentaries for a number of British and international broadcasters including SOUTH OF THE BORDER, a groundbreaking drama series for the BBC. She was awarded the prestigious honor of a special retrospective screenings at the New York Film Festival for her films, THE BODY BEAUTIFUL(Channel 4/BFI), MONDAYS GIRLS (BBC) and AND STILL I RISE (BBC).
Her first feature film, WELCOME II THE TERRORDOME, won first prize at the Birmingham International Film Festival & the Cologne Film Festival as well as the audience prize at the Verona Film Festival. Ngozi has directed episodes of HEARTBEAT for Yorkshire Television, the top-rate British drama series with an audience of over 18 million. BEHIND THE MASK (BBC/M-Net, Africa), a drama-documentary made in collaboration with Broker Prizewinner Ben Okri has been a great success in international television markets. I BRING YOU FRANKINCENSE (BBC) was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and received awards at several international film festivals. HANGTIME (M-Net/Wellspring) had a theatrical release in America as part of MAMA AFRICA. SHOOT THE MESSENGER (BBCFilms) is her first project following a 4-year ‘baby making’ break.
Director: Shoot The Messenger, And Still I Rise, Coffee Colored Children
Joe (David Oyelowo) is a teacher with a mission. He’s determined to save the black youngsters at his school from a life of gangs, crime and underachievement. video
Inspired by a poem by Maya Angelou, this powerful film explores images
of Black women in the media,
focusing on the myths surrounding Black women’s sexuality.
This lyrical, unsettling film conveys the experience of children of mixed racial heritage. Suffering the aggression of racial harassment, a young girl and her brother attempt to wash their skin white with scouring powder.