Keoni K. Wright is an independent filmmaker, visual artist, US Navy Veteran, and testicular cancer survivor whose films have been featured in festivals worldwide.
Keoni continues to make his mark throughout the Caribbean as a mission oriented producer/director. Willing to go where few filmmakers have gone before, the Amazonian-Caribbean nation of Suriname has been the focal point of his film works since 2018.
Corporal Romeo Koffymaga is a prime example of the innate righteousness imbued in Maroon cultures throughout the Caribbean. Although Suriname’s Civil War (1986-1992) was a modern conflict, it has largely evaded the grasp of filmmakers and storytellers worldwide. And of the Civil War stories that permeate South America’s smallest country, few focus on the everyday Maroon foot-soldiers who fought tooth-and-nail against Suriname’s military regime. As a stand-alone, experimental film, “Suriname Veteran” captures the transformation that occurred when Romeo dawned his red beret and became a Corporal once again.
Written and directed by Keoni K. Wright, the short film “ReleaseD” highlights six women of Afro-Surinamese descent who passionately express themselves through the traditional performance arts, martial arts, and visual arts. Their modes of creative self-expression contradict the original intent of the colonizers who brought Africans to Suriname’s shores centuries ago. The film’s depictions of strength, independence, and liberation directly counter the portraits of enslaved persons from Suriname that were distributed throughout Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries; fueling stereotypes that linger still today.
“ReleaseD” was nominated for Virginia Tech University’s Virginia Dares Cinematic Arts Awards for DECOLONIZING Film and Media. The Virginia Dares Project is a collaboration between faculty and students in Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts, the American Indian Studies program, and the School of Visual Arts. These awards are open to artists, activists, students, and educators worldwide.
Following a lengthy battle with testicular cancer, filmmaker Keoni K. Wright finds spiritual inspiration in the dirt bike rider patrolling his Brooklyn neighborhood. “Moto Mukti” is a metaphorical ride through the main streets and back roads of a mind and body seeking balance. Camera and editing by Aquil Huggins (aka Odd Native).
A mysterious Surinamese snake-man takes a crack documentary film crew into the extended Amazon rainforest to search for the elusive Queen of the Jungle – the Anaconda. Written and directed by Keoni K. Wright, “Aboma! Aboma!” was filmed entirely in Suriname and is currently in the final phases of post-production.
Anuar confronts the last thirteen years of his life over the course of a one-day film shoot. From being forcibly taken from his home at the age of fifteen and enrolled in a controversial boarding school, to coping with the fractured relationship between he and his mother, this raw film captures the essence of a soul on the mend. Written and directed by Keoni K. Wright. Camera and editing by Aquil Huggins (aka Odd Native).