Dami studied Psychology and Performing Arts at the University of Derby, England. Upon graduating she spent time in America directing theatre for young actors. Dami returned home to focus on television and started work as a runner at LWT(London Weekend TV), shadowing anyone within the industry she could learn from. She juggled paid and unpaid TV work as an actor whilst producing and presenting her own radio show on Power Jam 92fm in London. Dami was then offered her own chat show on Genesis 91.6fm and it was then that she began to highlight social and economic injustices. Dami set up her own production company, Darkling Productions and in 2005 was commissioned by ITV1 to direct a documentary called Bleach My Skin White, which explored the emotive issues surrounding skin bleaching and its prevalence in society.
Currently her first feature film Malcolm’s Echo is gathering global interest and momentum. It looks at the legacy of Malcolm X the most prolific black leader this world has produced with exclusives from his family, friends and people that know him most.
Director: Bleach My Skin White, Malcolm’s Echo: The Legacy of Malcolm X
Malcolm’s Echo: The Legacy of Malcolm X
2008 WOCAF Festival Audience Award
2009 Winner Best Documentary AMAA (African Movie Academy Awards)
As she journeys with a young woman who lightens her skin, filmmaker Dami Akinnusi asks the question: why in the 21st Century is there still a negative attitude towards darker skin? video
This feature hears Malcolm X through the voices of activists, scholars, and everyday people, resonating from the 1960’s into the 21st century. video