Filmmakers and Producers

Idrissou Mora-Kpai

Idrissou Mora-Kpai is an award-winning filmmaker, recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and Prince Claus award, committed, for the past 25 years, to produce not only artistically compelling, but also socially relevant work that tells the stories of people underrepresented in mainstream productions. Idrissou's filmography includes works such as his early narrative shorts, “Fugace” (1996), “Fake Soldiers (1999), pioneers in showcasing Black German life, as well as his documentary features, “Si-Gueriki, The Queen Mother” (2002), “Arlit, The Second Paris” (2005), “Indochina Traces of a Mother” (2011) and “America Street” (2019).

His films have been screened theatrically in Europe and at major film festivals around the world, including Berlinale, Busan, Cannes, Cinema du Reel-Paris, Margaret Mead, Mill Valley, Marseille-FID, Rotterdam, Sheffield, and Vienna and received international recognition, including, the best documentary Awards in Milano (Italy), Namur (Belgium), Alger (Algeria), Rouen (France), Tarifa (Spain) and City Award in Amiens (France), French Institute Award, Innsbruck (Austria), and documentary Award in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).


Indochina: Traces of a Mother
Idrissou Mora-Kpai
2011, 72 min., Color, France/Benin
INDOCHINA: TRACES OF A MOTHER documents a little-known chapter in African, Asian and French colonial history and the personal story of Christophe, a Beninese-Vietnamese orphan that returns to Vietnam to look for his long-lost mother.

Between 1946 and 1954, more than 60,000 African sol...

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