Huriyyah Muhammad, producer of Ekwa Msangi’s U.S. dramatic competition entry “Farewell Amor” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, on Sunday received this year’s Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for narrative feature producer.
The awards honor bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the independent space.
“Farewell Amor” follows an Angolan immigrant named Walter who is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teen daughter after 17 years apart. Now absolute strangers sharing a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, they struggle to overcome the emotional distance between them. Msangi wrote and directed the film, which stars Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, Jayme Lawson, Nana Mensah, Joie Lee and Marcus Scribner. Muhammad produced along with Sam Bisbee and Josh Penn.
Muhammad is a writer, director and producer whose projects have been invited to the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Austin Film Festival, New Voices in Black Cinema, IFP Film Week, African Film Festival and won at the American Black Film Festival. She is a 2018 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and inaugural member of the 2018 Cassius Creative Class, a nod to emerging artists on the cutting edge of culture.
She is also co-founder of the Black TV & Film Collective, a 1,300-member nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting emerging artists of color. Huriyyah graduated from Spelman College and earned an MBA from NYU.