The Sleeping Negro artwork
The Sleeping Negro artwork

This February, in honour of Black History Month, The Sleeping Negro, written and directed by Skinner Myers is showing at the Unseen, Nairobi.

Confronted with a series of racially charged incidents, a young Black man must overcome rage, alienation, and hopelessness in order to find his own humanity.

The movie’s premiere was at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival in 2021, as well as Champs-Elysees Film Festival in Paris, France.

The Sleeping Negro has since won the FIPRESCI award at IFF Mannheim Heidelberg (2021), Best Narrative Feature at FESTIC Burkina Faso (2023), and the Special Jury Award at the Diorama Film Festival in India (2023).

It will be showing at Unseen Nairobi from Feb 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, and 23-27. 

Skinner Myers is an award-winning filmmaker who has written and directed 11 films.

The Sleeping Negro is his feature film debut. Myers has studied at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam. 

Sudu Connexion on the other hand is a catalogue of short, medium length and feature length films which actively networks in and pushes for African film in over 1000 festivals all over the world.

These films have been screened and awarded at major film festival such as Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Venice, Toronto, Sundance, IDFA, FESPACO, Carthage, and Durban.