Darol Olu Kae

Writer | Director

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i ran from it and was still in it (Short)

A poetic meditation on familial loss and separation, and the love that endures against dispersion. Kae repurposes materials sourced online and pairs them with images from his personal archive in an effort to wade through the deep emotions surrounding his father's death and the sudden relocation of his children, collapsing time and memory in the process. Taking the autobiographical model as his departure point, Kae explores how an intimate account of one’s life can potentially extend beyond the realm of personal experience. I ran from it and was still in it screened at the Locarno Film Festival in 2020 where it won the prestigious Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film. And in 2021, I ran from it... was awarded Special Jury Recognition for Poetry at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.

Keeping Time (Short, in pre-production)

A reflection on what it means to maintain continuity with the past — told through the kaleidoscopic journey of a young drummer who must learn how to lead a multi-generational band after being named their new bandleader.

KEEPING TIME is an audiovisual homage to the musicians who passed on the magic and the communities that nourished them.

Without a Song (Narrative feature, in development)

When a medical diagnosis makes it impossible for an aging black jazz musician to play his instrument, he must confront a future without his art.

Currently in development at SunHaus.

Collaborative Works

Say Peace by Common feat. Black Thought  
dir. A.G. Rojas & Darol Olu Kae 


dir. Kahlil Joseph


Play God by Sam Fender
dir. Vincent Haycock


dir. A.G. Rojas