PRODUCTION NOTES  Holiday 2018 Edition

Malkia Lydia headshot

In 2018, Kuyamba Media became an LLC and moved into the Gateway Media Arts Lab in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. We serviced postproduction clients, produced a film for a Knight Cities Challenge exhibit about redlining in Philly, and taught DC students. We traveled to Black Public Media’s Story Summit, the True/False Film Festival and the International Public TV Conference.

Throughout, we continued production on two independent documentaries. I am proud to announce our funding campaign to raise an additional $10,000 by December 31, 2018 to help cover essential crew, equipment and administrative costs for those films.

As our Founding Producer/Director, I am grateful to the wonderful collaborators, funders, clients, interns, colleagues, students and loved ones who made this unprecedented year possible. May we all create and experience more good in 2019.

All my best,
Malkia K. Lydia

Our first #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday (November 27) we kick off our first ever end of year donor campaign!

Our goal is to raise $10,000 by December 31, 2018. Your tax-deductible gift will help us cover essential crew, equipment and administrative costs for two films in production: REUNION CHOIR (working title) and WHAT’S IN A NAME?

These feature documentaries are true collaborations with the Black Mid-Atlantic communities they depict, and shine a light on artistic expression and multigenerational legacy. With your support, we can bring these stories to the world!

Joyce Garrett and students pose for Washingtonian Magazine circa 1990

REUNION CHOIR (working title) is more than a feel-good documentary film! We are leading a multi-partner commitment to preserve and share the story of DC’s world-renowned Eastern High School Choir. An exhibit and digital archive are underway, in collaboration with the Charles Sumner Museum and funder Humanities DC.

We’ve begun digitizing four decades of photos and memorabilia collected by retired choir teacher Joyce Garrett. Our first phase of filming culminated with the exuberant Eastern choir alumni concert that received significant media coverage. In 2019, production continues as we dive deep into the personal stories and social history behind the question, “Where are they now?” Your tax-deductible gift can underscore the power of arts education and the preservation of African American culture.

Khalil A. M. R. Munir with infant son

WHAT’S IN A NAME? asks age-old questions about self-determination and inheritance, through one African American family’s lineage of fathers and sons.

For nine years (and we’re still counting), we’ve followed Khalil Adbul Malik Raheem Munir on and offstage as he explores the names, divergent family legacies and South Philly community into which he was born. We are grateful to the Munir family for allowing us to witness and document intergenerational healing in action. Your tax-deductible gift will help bring this intimate, powerful film to completion.

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Watch video (6 mins). Enjoy a treat from the Kuyamba Media vaults. Early last year, we were commissioned to create a video projection for Is Separate Ever Equal?, an exhibition at the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities gallery. In this segment, text and archival photos convey Washington’s ongoing fight for equity in education.

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I strive to populate our imagination and memory with authentic stories about community life.