For the July Global Development Matters Meetup on Thursday, July 17th, we were joined by filmmaker Kobina Aidoo who screened his new film, The Neo African Americans, a one hour documentary that explores how the rapid immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is transforming the African American narrative. [A preview of the film can be seen here: Preview - The Neo African Americans ]
About the filmmaker: At the same time he was attending the University of Ghana, Kobina Aidoo was a television producer/director/editor, playing a key role in launching Metro TV, Ghana's private television station pioneer. He then came to Barry University in Miami, Florida, where he majored in Communications. Upon graduation, he worked as a new media producer for Warner Bros. Publications and then worked for a nonprofit initiative of Intel Corp. and the MIT Media Lab, helping underserved youth become technologically fluent. In 2005, he quit his MBA studies and went to Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he also served as Co-Chief Editor of the Africa Policy Journal. He graduated in 2007 as a Master in Public Policy and has spent majority of the last year writing, traveling and working on this documentary.