Brief Tender Light

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

MIT Museum
314 Main Street, Gambrill Center, Cambridge MA 02142

Due to the impending storm, we are rescheduling this event to March 20. 


Join us for a screening of Brief Tender Light, a new documentary from Ghanaian filmmaker Arthur Musah that follows four African undergraduates through MIT, America’s premier technological university and his alma mater. A Q & A with the filmmaker and Philip Abel Adama will follow the screening. 

The students embark on their MIT education with individual ambitions –  to engineer infrastructure in Tanzania; to secure a better life for family in Nigeria; to contribute to postgenocide reconstruction in Rwanda; to advance democracy in Zimbabwe. Their missions are distinct, but fueled by a common goal: to become agents of positive change back home.   

While their dreams are anchored in the societies they have left, their daily realities are defined by America – by the immediate challenges in their MIT classrooms, and by the larger social issues confronting the world beyond those classrooms. Their new environment demands they adapt. Over an intimate, nearly decade-long journey spanning two continents, students and filmmaker alike are forced to decide how much of America to absorb, how much of Africa to hold on to, and how to reconcile teenage ideals with the truths they discover about the world and themselves. 

A valid MIT ID must be presented for admittance. 


Seating is limited. Early arrival is suggested.  

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