#BonfireStories — Introducing Filmmaker and Producer Emmanuel Afolabi

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2 min readApr 9, 2019
Emmanuel Afolabi |Photo Credit: Rog Walker

1. When it comes to storytelling, where do you get your inspiration from?

I am inspired by life, the different people in it, the unique stories we share and the collective struggles. I am also inspired by life fleeting moments and the conversations I have with friends. This conversations help me to form an idea of the world and inspire the works I do.

2. How did you prepare for your role as a Director?

I spend time to meditate and isolate my for a while so my ideas can flow and I can premeditate my role and get in the right mindset. So, when I’m on set I’m present and not wasting time, and I can help support others who need help.

3. What is the toughest challenge you’ve faced so far?

My toughest challenge is working with people who don’t seem to be on the same page creatively, or when some miscommunications happen with clients or work partners. So now what I look for is to avoid that by always communicating with people even if I have to record the conversation and have them repeat themselves, take notes, and send emails to confirm.

4. What kind of world do you want to see now that your film “Defining Blackness” is made? (For clarification) We know that there is a message you as a filmmaker are conveying to your audience, what is that message?

I want to see a world where diverse voices are heard, and people feel welcome to share their stories about anything relating to them.

5. What would you say is your unique responsibility as a filmmaker?

I think my unique responsibility as a filmmaker is to be able to entertain while showing the truth.

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