Malkia K. Lydia, Founder of Kuyamba Media

Malkia Lydia

Malkia K. Lydia is a documentary filmmaker and cultural worker who recovers authentic stories of community life. She has produced documentaries for Smithsonian Institution and National Civil Rights Museum exhibits. This year, she helmed and edited a half-hour documentary for A DREAM DEFERRED, an exhibit about redlining in Philadelphia, funded by the Knight Foundation’s Cities Challenge. For the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ IS SEPARATE EVER EQUAL? gallery show, she created an archive-based video installation about education access that included her mom’s journey through school desegregation.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? and REUNION CHOIR (working title), Malkia’s first two feature-length documentaries in production, are collaborations with Black Mid-Atlantic communities created by the Great Migration.

Her work has been recognized and/or supported by the Independent Television Service, Maryland State Arts Council, Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council, Leeway Foundation, and Humanities DC. She was a CPB Producer Fellow at the 2014 International Public Television Conference in Helsinki. Malkia graduated from Washington, DC public schools before earning her undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University.