Documentary shows lives of African UWEC students adjusting to life in Chippewa Valley

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EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU/WLAX) — “Ndani Eau Claire” is Swahili for “Inside Eau Claire.” It is also the name of a documentary filmed by a recent University of Wisconsin Eau Claire graduate, Olu Famule.

“It’s something beautiful that this documentary shows,” he said. “It shows the community, the love and the things that define us in this community.”

Famule documented the lives of three African UWEC students as they navigated school and adjusted to life in the Chippewa Valley.

“The thing about ‘Ndani Eau Claire’ is that it centers around so many diverse topics–global and local,” he said.

One of the subjects of the documentary, Paul Agbashi, said Famule captured different aspects of his life.

“He did ask a bunch of questions to get to know how it was to be Black in Eau Claire,” Agbashi said. “For me also being an international student from Nigeria, we all kind of experience the same things basically, so we meet and talk about the same things and same experiences like when you walk down the hill when you sit in the café.”

Famule also touched upon topics including COVID-19 and its effects on campus and social life.

Agbashi said it was exciting to share his lived experiences and he hopes others will have the opportunity to have their voices heard.

“I really hope that they get to give more local artists, more underrepresented groups opportunities like this because I feel like it’s a great moment,” he said.

The film will be available to watch online later this month.

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