The Education of Auma Obama

Director: Branwen Okpako
Country: Germany
Year: 2011
Running Time: 79 min.
Language: English, German, Luo, and Swahili


The Education of Auma Obama is a captivating and intimate portrait of U.S. president Barack Obama’s older half-sister, who embodies a post-colonial, feminist identity in her native Kenya. Nigerian-born director Branwen Okpako’s film also documents a generation of politically and socially engaged Africans whose aspirations are informed by their parents’ experiences, and whose ambition to forge a better future for their communities starts from the ground up.