With an academic background in journalism and professional experience as a documentary filmmaker, Obed Lamy creates award-winning documentary films that inspire audiences and raise awareness on social matters.
Obed's documentaries have screened at numerous film festivals, including the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Capital City Black Film Festival, Montgomery Film Festival, Toronto Black Film Festival.
His first documentary, A Promising Voice, which explores a Black student's journey navigating a predominantly white college campus, won the Audience Award at Arkansas Cinema Society: Filmland 2020 and Best Student Film at Made in Arkansas Film Festival. In 2021, the Fayetteville Film Fest awarded him the Best Emerging Filmmaker distinction for his documentary Once Forgotten, recounting the story of three enslaved individuals lynched in 1856 in Arkansas.
Several organizations such as the University of Arkansas, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts, Vox Media, Arkansas Soul, Visionairi, the Equal Justice Initiative have directly or indirectly used Obed's visual storytelling skills.
Humanity, identity, and dignity that's what Obed's work is all about. Obed has nurtured a passion for storytelling from her mother, who devoted most of the evenings to telling them stories of her childhood under a dictatorship in Haiti. That is what ultimately drove him to become a journalist. During his five-year career as a reporter, he has covered presidential elections, natural disasters, civil unrest for national and international media outlets such as La Presse.ca, Radio-Canada Information, and Voice of America. In 2018, Obed co-founded Enfo Sitwayen, a multimedia platform focusing on media literacy and civic education.
Obed is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship that allowed him to complete his Master's degree in Journalism at the University of Arkansas. He also holds a B.A. in Business Administration and studied Social Communications in Haïti.
Obed is the third and only boy of three children. He is currently living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where long walks and biking are enjoyed. In addition, he is an avid podcast listener, practicing Spanish, and loves chocolate in all shapes or forms.
Photo by Xavier Smith / IG: @xaviwayy
2021 - Best Emerging Filmmaker, Fayetteville Film Fest
2021 - Best Student Film, Made In Arkansas Film Festival
2021 - Micheaux Award Grant Winner, Fayetteville Film Fest
2020 - Arkansas Student Short Winner, Filmland
2019 - Fulbright Scholarship, The Fulbright Program
2017 - Special Jury Mention, Prix du Jeune Journaliste Haïtien, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie