With Dr. Barbara Brown (African Studies Center – Boston University)

Zadi Zokou

In his native country of Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast), Zadi Zokou (Antony Zokou Silvere) was a writer for educational television programming. Zadi’s career turned towards filmmaking when one of his first screenplays won a competition for young African screenwriters. Zadi was trained in screenwriting and the technical aspects of film and audio-visual production in his own country, as well as in Burkina-Faso, Tunisia, France, Canada and Japan. He has written screenplays for several internationally funded film projects that were disseminated throughout the West Africa region to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Zadi and two classmates during the closing ceremony – Okinawa, Japan.

Since moving to the US in 2005, Zadi has done documentary film course work at Mass College of Art, and produced three short documentaries, Riding A Bicycle In Natick, Eliza My Songbird (A Documentary About Autism,) and The First Annual African Festival of Boston. He has also produced Praying Town, a feature length documentary on the history of Native Americans and African American slaves of Natick and Southern New England. In 2011, he helped Boston University produce a Documentary on introducing American Elementary School Students to Africa. The same year, he went to Burundi (East Africa) for three screenplays on health-related subjects.

At a screenwriting workshop in Burkina Faso, West Africa




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