Portrait Abbessi Akhamie

Abbessi Akhamie

Writer & director



Let’s Talk About Power!

With a myriad of filmmakers from around the world, we will explore where power lies and how power can be shared when we start to understand our past and present. We will talk about decolonisation, restorative storytelling and the struggle to find your own place.


Abbesi Akhamie received her MFA in Film from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and also holds a BA in Communications from George Mason University.

She wrote and directed her debut short film Still Water Runs Deep in Nigeria that also premiered at TIFF and won ‘Best Student Film’ at the prestigious Aspen ShortsFest.

Abbessi is a 2019 Berlinale Talent as well as a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellow and an NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Film. Currently, she is Creative Culture Fellow at the Jacob Burn Film Center.