Diversity on Screen Panel

23 Feb / Chocolate Factory / 13:00 / 1 hour

Following on from the world premiere of A Girl From Mogadishu on February 22nd, we invite you to a discussion on Ethnic Diversity in Ireland today. What are the challenges and misconceptions of African- Irish experience, the issues around Black Irish representation on screen, how do we empower minority communities to tell their stories and what must the industry do to see a more diverse and inclusive voice emerge on screen?
The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival in collaboration with Screen Ireland are delighted to have the following panel in attendance to start a vital conversation.  

Please join us on Saturday, February 23rd at 1pm in the Chocolate Factory.

Adaku Ezeudo - Chair
Adaku Ezeudo is a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Trainer, Mentor and Coach and has worked across functions in multinationals and public sector organisations before starting a transformation boutique consultancy called PhoenixRize Consulting where she specialises in supporting organisations in meeting their statutory Equality and Diversity requirements. She also founded i-Smile International, a charity set up in Ireland and Nigeria to enhance the economic, political, cultural and social participation of marginalised women.  She has received multiple awards and recognition for her work on social inclusion, community activation, women empowerment both locally and Internationally.  In 2018, she was listed as one of Dublin’s Heroes and one of the most exceptional and inspiring people in Dublin by the Dublin City Council Culture Company.  

Ifrah Ahmed
Ifrah Ahmed is one of the world's top international FGM/C eradication advocates and activists. She has received many humanitarian and other awards for her work and campaigns relentlessly for legislation to ban FGM/C around the world as well as funding and implementing programs to effect eradication in East Africa with a focus on Somalia. The Ifrah Foundation was founded by Ifrah Ahmed in 2010.

Dr. Zélie Asava
Dr Zélie Asava is an Independent Scholar and a Classifier at the Irish Film Classification Office. She is the author of Mixed Race Cinemas: Multiracial Dynamics in America and France (Bloomsbury, 2017) and The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Irish Identities on Film and TV (Peter Lang 2013). In 2011, she was awarded Young Irish Studies Scholar of the year, and in 2014 she gave a keynote on mixed-race representations in contemporary Irish cinema at the Critical Mixed Race Studies conference at De Paul University, Chicago.

Martha Canga Antonio
Martha Canga Antonio was picked from 450 youngsters auditioning for the lead role as 15-year-old Mavela in Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's second feature Black (2015). On the film's premiere in Toronto, Indiewire named her as "one of nine up-and-coming actors to watch" for her performance and she was named a European Shooting Star at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. She plays the role of Amala in A Girl From Mogadishu.

Kwaku Fortune
Kwaku Fortune's most recent credits include A Girl From Mogadishu, Animals and and the stage adaptation of Asking For It by Louise Neill at the Abbey Theatre. Other screen credits include the the role of Finn in Aoife McArdle's feature Kissing Candice (which played at the Festival in 2018), the role of Lewis in the short film Circuit Love (C.C. Braithwaite, 2018) and the lead role of Tobi in the RTÉ series The Importance of Being Whatever, directed by Rob and Ronan Burke (2011). 

Ellie Kisyombe
Ellie Kisyombe came to Ireland from Malawi in 2011 and has spent several years living in Direct Provision. Following a volunteering position with the Irish Refugee Council, Ellie co-founded Our Table in 2015 as a response to the ban on asylum seekers cooking for themselves and in order to give an outlet to her passion for food and cooking. Our Table is as a community-based, non-profit project designed to highlight the need to end direct provision in Ireland. The project operates pop-up cafés in Dublin and provides catering services in the rest of the country.

Áine Mulloy
Co-Founder and CMO at GirlCrew - a platform for women to make friends, and participate in online group chat and offline events, with 100,000 members worldwide. Born in London, but raised in Mayo, Áine has a background in the humanities, working in publishing roles before the launch of GirlCrew in 2014.

Schedule & Tickets

23 Feb 13:00 Chocolate Factory