RAHMAN OLADIGBOLU is a Boston-based filmmaker who moved to the United States sixteen years ago, armed with a dream to learn filmmaking. He started out as a production assistant on movies and television shows around Boston, Massachusetts, and has worked to direct and coproduce a few short movies. After publishing a memoir, On Holy Pilgrimage: A Long Journey For Freedom, detailing his transforming experience toward achieving his dream of going to America to learn filmmaking, Rahman embarked on his first feature film, In America: The Story of the Soul Sisters, the story of a Nigerian medical student faced with unexpected challenges in America.
Educated at Harvard University and Quincy College, Rahman’s film won Boston’s prestigious “Best Emerging Filmmaker Award” at the Roxbury International Film Festival, and “The 2010 Artist Award” at the American Islamic Congress, a multicultural and inter-faith organization headquartered in Washington DC. In America also won the award for “Best Film for an African Abroad” at the 2011 African Movie Academy Award (AMAA). The movie has been screened at film festivals and cultural institutes around the world, including the Cannes’ Pan-African Film festival and the Werkstatt Der Kuturen institute in Germany. It has also been screened on many campuses across the United States, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Rahman has just completed production of his second feature film Theory of Conflict, based on conflict that erupted on a Boston area college campus between pro-Jewish and pro-Palestinian students. He’s currently in development of a new film, an adaptation of a story authored by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.