Malkia K. Lydia, Founder of Kuyamba Media

Malkia Lydia

Malkia K. Lydia is a filmmaker who recovers authentic stories of community life. She has produced content for Smithsonian Institution and National Civil Rights Museum exhibits. In 2017, for the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, she created an archive-based video installation about education access that included her mom’s journey through school desegregation.

Malkia is currently directing her first two feature documentaries. WHAT’S IN A NAME? follows a performance artist, three generations of Black men in his South Philly family, and their divergent quests for self-determination. It is supported by development funds from the Independent Television Service. In REUNION CHOIR (working title), a retired DC high school music teacher, celebrated for changing her students’ lives, tracks down hundreds of former protégés to sing together once more.

Malkia’s past work has been recognized by the Maryland State Arts Council, Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council, IFP Documentary Lab, Leeway Foundation, Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and Humanities DC. Malkia was a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Producer Fellow at the 2014 International Public Television Conference in Helsinki and she is an Associate of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. She has extensive experience in cultural organizing, teaching and leadership development work. Malkia graduated from 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.