Darol Olu Kae

Writer | Director

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Darol Olu Kae (b. 1984, Los Angeles)

Darol Olu Kae is an artist from and based in Los Angeles. His practice as a filmmaker combines narrative, documentary, and experimental storytelling elements to explore themes such as filiation and inheritance. His collaborative, research-based approach to filmmaking is inspired by community histories and the intuitive connections that link the past, present, and future. His work blurs boundaries between fiction and nonfiction filmmaking, challenging the medium to express the full complexity of Black life and culture. He has collaborated with visionary filmmakers such as Kahlil Joseph and A.G. Rojas. And his own film work has screened at festivals and institutions worldwide including BlackStar Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, MoCA Los Angeles, and Sundance Film Festival. In 2020, his short film I ran from it and was still in it was awarded the Pardino d’oro for Best International Short Film at the Locarno Film Festival. He is currently working on his next project, Keeping Time, and his debut narrative feature, Without a Song.

Writer | Director