McMillan-Stewart Fellow Dieudo Hamadi Connects with Harvard Filmmakers and Audiences

This year’s McMillan-Stewart Fellow in Distinguished Filmmaking, Dieudo Hamadi from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, spent a whirlwind week at Harvard October 2-9 to screen his films and interact with students, faculty, and other members of the Harvard community. Audiences were deeply moved by the four films he screened at the Harvard Film Archive, which bear witness to people’s struggles with existing political, health, and education systems in the DCR.

On a tour of Sever Hall’s filmmaking facilities before visiting production classes, Dieudo remarked that “there is more film equipment in this building than in my entire country.” The commitment and spirit he brings to his own filmmaking in the face of limited resources shined when he generously shared a work in progress with a small group of makers for feedback.

The FSC was pleased to be able to bring Hamadi to campus and foster interactions with representatives of the Art, Film, and Visual Studies Department; African and African American Studies Department; Theatre, Dance and Media; Harvard Medical School; Hutchins Center for African and African American Research; and the McMillan-Stewart Foundation which funded the fellowship.