'Brief Tender Light' Trailer (2023)

Brief Tender Light (2023) is a documentary by Ukrainian-born Ghanaian filmmaker Arthur Musah '04, MNG '05 (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science). The film tells the story of four African MIT undergraduates on their journeys to becoming engineers: Sante Nyambo '15 (Civil Engineering/Tanzania), Fidelis Chimombe '15 (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science/Zimbabwe), Billy Ndengeyingoma '15, MCP '17 (Civil Engineering and Urban Studies & Planning/Rwanda), and Philip Abel Adama '15 (Computer Science & Engineering/Nigeria).


Film Synopsis

A Ghanaian filmmaker follows four African undergraduates through MIT, America’s premier technological university and his alma mater. 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 post-genocide 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, 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.

One Day I Too Go Fly Inc.

Timeline: 2020s
School: School of Architecture and PlanningSchool of Engineering
Department: Civil and Environmental EngineeringElectrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUrban Studies and Planning
Life: African Students' Association (ASA)
Career: Arts & HumanitiesCommunityEducationEngineering
Object: Video
Collection: Africa(n), Rising Voices 1995-Present, STEM Education, Students