Onyekachi Iwu

Onyekachi Iwu is a Nigerian-American filmmaker, playwright, and poet from Nashville, Tennessee. She is the director and creator of The Black Motherhood Project, which will be her debut feature film. Iwu graduated with a BA in Film Studies from Columbia University in 2019. In theatre, she is a current member of the American Theatre Group’s 2020-2021 Playlab and has developed work with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Conchshell Productions, and the Eden Theater Company. Iwu believes in the healing, archival, and educational force art can have for black people. Her art often explores themes of black womanhood, love, healing, and radical escapism.


MAI meets the makers of The Black Motherhood Project (2021) to talk about the documentary and the acute need to tell the stories of black mothers and daughters in the current cultural climate.


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