Gesilayefa Azorbo

Gesilayefa Azorbo

Cinematographer, filmmaker and photographer (still) in Toronto, Canada

About Gesilayefa

Gesilayefa Azorbo is a Toronto-based writer, photographer and filmmaker. She has a deep interest in music, film, literature, and pop culture. She was born in Nigeria, grew up in Kenya, currently lives in Canada, and considers herself a Third Culture Kid.

Her work explores themes related to music, creativity, identity, and compelling personalities. She is also inspired by cinéma vérité and direct cinema, immersing herself as much as possible in the worlds of those she documents.

She likes (and often writes about) music, movies, books and people. She recently completed an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, and in June 2015 she premiered her first film, a short documentary called Indie Womyn, profiling the process of independent singer-songwriter Alysha Brilla as she recorded her Juno-nominated album, Womyn. 

When not listening to music, she is most likely humming it under her breath.

Name: Gesilayefa Azorbo

Lives in: Toronto, Canada

Occupation: Cinematographer, Filmmaker, Photographer (Still), Videographer, Film/theatre Journalist and Content Creator


  • Drive-Through: The Story Movie

    Drive-Through: The Story Movie (2014)
    Film by Ben Goldenberg (Action, Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department "Drive-Through" weaves together several eclectic story lines to embrace the beauty and power of storytelling as a medium. It's a look at how people use and misuse, storytelling to interact with one another. "Drive-Through" is a self-reflexive motion picture that embraces film, the internet and other technological marvels of this information age to express how storytelling has evolved. "Drive-Through" is a study of the human condition - we are all connected by the stories we tell and by the mundane things in life that we do in life, we "drive through" life, oblivious to the people around us who share so much in common; shopping for groceries, pumping gas, paying our bills and getting drive-thru fast food. Written by Ben Goldenberg

  • Gaybasher

    Gaybasher (2014)
    Film (short) by Ron Leach (Action, Crime and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department In the dark of night and winter's harsh realm, a young man emerges from a violent encounter in the back alleys of the gay ghetto to become an avenging angel. Forged by the cruelty of bigotry, he takes back the name of the aggressors to become GAYBASHER! Written by Ron Leach

  • City Music

    City Music (2014)
    Film (short) by Michael Demski (Drama and Music) Cinematographer A poem brought to life through a rhythmic conversation between images in film, dance and music in a short film. Projecting into the myriad overworld of the night, it's city lights, and magical passages of it's lyrical life.

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