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Need: Support to Do a Documentary in Nigeria

I am a Queer Nigerian filmmaker.

i am looking to go home and work on a documentary looking at traditional Yoruba spirituality. The film is called “Reconciling Faith in Yoruba.” the project looks at the value of traditional Yoruba spirituality in Nigeria, as
well as an organizing tool. I am looking at the traumas created in families, communities & country because of colonization/ foreign religions, which condemn or disapprove of Yoruba. While I am out there I would love to
do apiece looking at Nigerian or West African queers.

I also have the skills of doing healing circles , workshop facilitation and organizing. Casa Atabex Aché-
the House of Womyn’s Power bridges spirituality and social justice. Casa looks at the root cause of oppression
(white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy) how we experience it on an institutional level and also internalize it.
with internalize oppression and institutional oppression we cause trauma/violence in the world or on
ourselves along with being impacted by the trauma that is caused upon us. we support young and adult
womyn of color to heal from trauma not just thru talking, but emotional release work of getting the energy
out of ones body.

I am writing to get support in going to Nigerian and getting the trip and documentary funded

* Do you know of grants or individuals that would fund my project and trip locally
in the United States or internationally?
* Do you know of media, community based organizations, non-governmental organization
that would sponsor me to come out to Nigerian?
* I can do workshops or media work in exchange for the sponsorship.
* Do you know of media festivals or conferences that I can connect with for funding,
resources and sponsorship
* Do you have creative ideas on how I can fund this trip please feel free to contact me?

I want to travel in August 2011 and stay three months for this project.

I am also including a bio on myself and my organization for background information of my skills.
Thank you in advance for your support.

Please contact me at:

Skpe: tengadejr
looking at film, activism, organizing, media justice, sexuality

In solidarity & peace
Seyi Adebanjo

Seyi Adebanjo, Media Artist, and organizer

Seyi Adebanjo is a Queer gender-non-conforming Nigerian and current MFA candidate at Hunter College. As a media artist Seyi raises awareness around social issues through digital video, multimedia photography and writings. Seyi’s work is the intersection of art, media, imagination, ritual and politics.

Seyi’s art communicates with a distinct voice on many themes: “womyn” of color, immigration, sexual orientation, spirituality, post-colonialism, homophobia, poverty and white supremacy/ privilege. It passionately examines cultural practices, identities, cultural displacement and community transformation.

Seyi uses media as a tool to bridge spirituality and social justice while they co-directed Casa Atabex Ache’- The House of Womyn’s Power. Seyi has been an accomplished artist, performing with Sharon Bridgforth and performing at the Walker Art Center. Seyi’s work has recently been screened at the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, Bronx Documentary Center and the Sydney Transgender International Film Festival. Seyi is currently a fellow with Queer/Art/Mentorship and Maysles Documentary Center Filmmakers Collaborative. Seyi at present is an artist in residence with Allgo working on The Orita Project, an international film and performance endeavor. Seyi has been a Project Involve Fellow and City Lore Documentary Institute scholarship recipient. Seyi has screened at the the Sydney Transgender International, Reel Sister of the Diaspora Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Blaxtino Art Festival, The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival, Gender Reel Festival, Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Walker Art Center, MNN Cable Access Channel as well as the Art Crawl Exhibition.

Casa Atabex Ache-the House of Womyn’s Power and city awareness to the process of healing after
child sexual abuse. “Sacred Spaces of South Bronx-BAAD!” a 13-minute documentary portrait of a
space called BAAD! This love letter to BAAD! has generated possible funding and publicity to this space.
Toyin’s shorts have been screened at the African Diaspora Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival,
Hip Hop Film Festival, Blaxtino Art Festival, African Theatre Open Mic, Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Cable Access Channel as well as the Art Crawl Exhibition.

Mission & Vision of Casa Atabex Aché

Casa Atabex Aché supports womyn of color to reconnect with their individual and collective powers of
healing and action so they may have self-empowerment, self-healing & self-determination to transform their lives, families and communities. At Casa, we believe that systems of oppression and poverty cause “dis-eases”
in communities of color that dramatically impact our ability to have control and power over our lives.
Utilizing a Human Rights framework, Casa’s empowering programs teach Young and Adult womyn of color
to name the sources of our oppression (including systems and institutions), identify their impact on our mind/body/spirit, and additionally, learn healing and community organizing skills that will support them.
Through these programs, Casa sustains long-term social justice movement-building and supports women
to create the world they want to live in today.

Healing Circles using tools of emotional release, participants express and address issues of homophobia,
attacks on lesbian parenting & childbirth, gender stereotyping, gender violence, hate crimes, anger, fear,
low self esteem and self hate often resulting from life experiences of sexual trauma, domestic violence,
heterosexism, institutional racism, poverty and other forms of oppression.

Utilizing a holistic model, Casa’s mission is to support the emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual
development of womyn and their health needs related to their experience of abuse and neglect. Casa’s
core constituencies are young and adult womyn of color



I hope you can find the resources to make it happen. I know filmmakers who have had good luck using Kickstarter to fund their projects: Kickstarter can help you use your social networks and contacts to get the word out and gather small individual donations that can add up to a larger amount. If you do set up a Kickstarter project page I hope you'll keep us updated!

For festivals, a really excellent resource is Without a Box: This site will help you connect with and submit your work to film festivals all over the world. It will probably be much more helpful to you once you have a completed documentary though, and I'm not sure if they have many fundraising resources.

Best of luck!


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