Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule is a filmmaker and musician born in Accra, Ghana, and based in Brooklyn, New York.

THE BURIAL OF KOJO, Bazawule’s debut feature film, has seen rave reviews including a spot on The New Yorker’s “Best Films of 2019” list. Bazawule ‘s previous short films, NATIVE SUN (2012) and DIASPORADICAL TRILOGÌA (2016), premiered at BAM New Voices in Black Cinema. As a musician and band leader, Bazawule has released three studio albums: Stereotype (2009), Native Sun (2011), and Afropolitan Dreams (2014). Blitz is a 2016 TED Fellow and recipient of the Vilcek Prize.


(Visiting Faculty teach for the MFA in Film Program on an ad hoc and irregular basis.)

Selected work