Overview and Experience
Somina ‘Mena’ Fombo is a director, producer and co founder of Blak Wave Productions creating content for TV, film and digital across the British Film Institute, BBC and C4. She is particularly passionate about telling real stories that challenge perspective and centre women, queer black and poc communities and more widely sports. Her latest film The Glorious Ones premiered at BFI Flare London’s LGBTQ+ film festival in March 2022. Mena is the creator of Boomflix – a network for queer black women and non binary documentary filmmakers supported by BFI Doc Society and has recently been shortlisted to pitch for the Iris Prize Documentary Film Fund. Mena is also an executive coach and facilitator, a mentor to emerging filmmakers and a global speaker with a brilliant TEDx Talk: No you Cannot Touch My Hair. — FYI Jay if you need separate links to insert as hyperlinks they are here:
Nominated by Babita Bahal, Head of Creative Diversity Channel 4
Dr Mena Fombo is a global speaker, diversity and inclusion facilitator, coach and consultant. She is the co founder of Blak Wave Productions, an indie TV/Film company where she recently directed short doc Home Carnival Queen for the BBC. She is the founder and director of Black Girl Convention, the South West’s largest event for women and girls of African and Caribbean Heritage and she also the co founder of a new Black Arts Venue boat to be located on the Bristol Harbour. She has over 15 years experience working within the voluntary sector, community organisations and educational establishments across Europe, the USA, Africa and South Asia and is currently an International Ambassador for the city of Bristol.