Join us for a screening of the short documentary Conversations with Otura Mun which chronicles the ÌFÉ bandleader’s musical and spiritual journey that lead him to Puerto Rico and the Ifá religion. A discussion with Otura Mun and filmmaker Omid Fatemi moderated by the BBC’s Jasmine Garsd will follow. RSVP here.
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Omid Fatemi is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles. He has worked with VSCO over the last year as the director and creative producer for short films on Korey Dane, Shigeto, and Savages.
Otura Mun started out in the world as Mark Underwood, an Indiana native of Mennonite parents, who snagged a coveted spot on the University of North Texas’ drumline. Two years later, the percussionist, composer, and DJ has made Puerto Rico his home and has experienced a transformation. He has altered the relationship of his reality by shifting his perceptions from a world that is material to one that is largely spiritual. He committed himself to a new state of being when he was reborn into his present name after being ordained in Cuba as a Babaláwo (priest) in the Ifá sect of the Yoruba faith. He now lives in Puerto Rico and creates music as the bandleader of the contemporary Afro-Caribbean ensemble ÌFÉ.
Jasmine Garsd is currently a reporter for BBC & Public Radio International for the series Across Women’s Lives. She formerly reported from Mexico City and Central America for NPR, and was the co-founder, host, and producer of National Public Radio’s Alt.Latino, a weekly podcast about Latin American culture and music. She received a 2015 Peabody Award for her feature story “A More Dangerous Road” in the series “Gangs, Murder and Migration In Honduras”, on NPR’s Latino USA. She also received a 2014 Edward R. Murrow award as part of the NPR team that reported the series “Crime in Latin America.” Garsd is also a recipient of the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts, Arts on Radio and Television Fund, and the 2012 Sterling Clark Foundation grant. Both awarded for work on Alt.Latino.
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