Djaka Souaré is an actress & filmmaker. Her credits include the HULU special "Black Stories Present: Your Attention Please", directed by TriBeCa 2019 award-winner Phillip Youmans. Djaka currently stars in the horror/comedy "Cut Me If You Can" directed by Nicolas Polixene & Sylvain Loubet-dit Gajol screening at Clermont-Ferrand FF in February 2024. She acts in and produced Zainab Jah & Timothy Naylor's "Reunion", short that qualified for Oscar contention in 2025. Djaka's first short film, "Jazz in Wakanda", which she wrote, directed, produced & in which she starred, was an Official selection at Urban World, Nitehawk Shorts, NY African FF, etc, and sold to COMCAST as part of "Black Power Series". Her pilot script "Ainoah", dystopian tale of a secret society of multicultural women, won the 2022 Kosinima grant. In 2023, she was selected for the CANEX/AFRIFF program "Script to Screen" to develop her first feature, and was one of the 25 screenwriters to win the pitching competition. Face of head of rebellion soldier Halima in the video game "Call of Duty", Djaka is part of WIF, NYWIFT & Free The Work. Of Guinean & French descent, she speaks English, French & Spanish fluently.
"CUT ME IF YOU CAN"
Currently on the festival circuit (Clermont-Ferrand 2024)
Starring DJAKA SOUARÉ
Directed by NICOLAS POLIXENE & SYLVAIN LOUBET
Stuck in the loop of a horror B-movie, a hyper-sexualized black female character decides to reject her fate and rebel against the script. Along with her boyfriend, token black guy who always dies first, they throw the entire movie off course. They try to outwit the serial killer and escape in order to break free... but the film has other plans...
"JAZZ IN WAKANDA"
Streaming on TUBI/COMCAST - "Black Power Series"
Directed by and Starring DJAKA SOUARÉ
An otherwise uneventful day for Julie takes a more serious turn when her daughter, Jazz, starts to ask profound questions about slavery, and what she's learned at school.
Starring Zainab Jah, Sydney Morton, Jazz Hardrict
"A SMALLER BIG BANG"
Starring DJAKA SOUARÉ:
BEST ACTRESS nomination at the LA ACTION Film Festival
Directed by Jeff Perreca
When divorce won't do for a miserable married couple, they each hire contract killers to take the other out, but their plans go horribly awry when the killers show up on the same night.
2022 LA Shorts International Film Festival
2022 LA Independent Filmmakers Showcase
Directed by DJAKA SOUARÉ
When a new friend shows up, two best-friends-forever are forced to question how long 'forever' really lasts.
2020 Sherman Oaks Film Festival
2020 Vegas Movie Awards - Best Narrative Short
2020 International Independent Film Awards - Best Short
2020 Focus International Film Festival
2020 Detroit Shetown Film festival
2020 Hollywood Verge Film Awards
Starring DJAKA SOUARÉ & NICHOLAS PINNOCK
A New York Love story about two lovers whose language barriers ultimately creates a wall.
Directed by Amhalise Morgan
2019 Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival
2020 New York Cinematography Award (NYCA) Finalist
2020 Bridges International Film Festival (Greece)
2021 Kalakari Film Festival (India)
2022 Rio de Janeiro World Film Festival
"AN AFTERNOON IN MONTE CARLO"
Starring DJAKA SOUARÉ
Marlon Rivers, a young African-American finance wunderkind specialized in the 'Monte Carlo' system, meets Margot Marshall, a mystery LA woman who has just landed in New York that fateful day.
Directed by Vaintino
2018 Lucky Strike Film Festival
2018 Rome Independent Prisma Awards
2018 Mediterranean Film Festival
2018 Motion Pictures International Film Festival
2018 CKF International Film Festival
Starring DJAKA SOUARÉ
When a futuristic cop finds out she's been selected to escape this dying earth and leave for a new and thriving planet, she must decide if she wants to leave and save herself or stay and save her world.
Directed by Shaan Couture
2018 Women Week end Film Challenge
2019 St Francis College Women's Film Festival
"ROMEO N JULIET"
STARRING Djaka Souaré
Classical Theater of Harlem - Summerstage, NYC
Directed by Justin Emeka @Marcus Garvey Park
"Sword fights become break dancing battles, Juliet's balcony is a fire escape, the apothecary is a drug dealer on the corner, and the young men killing one another in their families' names are engaged in class wars (...) This adaptation works."
THE NEW YORKER
'Lakai Worrell's choreography is first rate. Providing a supernatural feel, lit up 'ancestors' dance in doorways. Under his direction, the ensemble keeps the poetry forefront.''