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May 16 – Sabrina Moella: Made in Congo – From Kinshasa to Broadway

This Saturday, Congolese cultural worker, Sabrina Moella joined us. She is the creator of the remarkable one-woman play “Made in Congo: From Kinshasa to Broadway.” We discussed her career as an artist and how Congolese are making a difference in their communities.

Bio:

Sabrina Moella is a writer, a performer, a producer and a filmmaker based in Toronto. Born in France from Congolese parents, she grew up in Paris and started writing as soon as she was old enough to hold a pen.

Her poetry has been featured on various radio shows such as the LA-based show “Words on the Street” and the South African show “Badilisha Poetry”.

Her films have screened at more than one hundred film festivals across Europe, Canada and the US, including the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival Kids International Film Festival, UrbanWorld Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Reel World Film Festival.

In 2014, she made her Broadway debut with her autobiographical one-woman play “Made in Congo”, which was part of the United Solo Festival.

Sabrina is a yoga practitioner who strongly believes in healing through the arts. She was one of the founding members of “I Get Out”, a collective of black women storytellers from Toronto, and is now sitting on the committee of the Piece of Mine theatre festival which showcases work-in-development from emerging and established black playwrights.

Sabrina is currently working on a bilingual collection of poems and short stories entitled “If my mother’s wrappers could talk /Sous les pagnes des mamans”. And when she’s not busy memorizing poetry or directing new short films, she can be found braiding her girlfriends’ hair downtown Toronto or rehearsing awesome soukouss steps in her living room.