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“I Want The Whole Dimension Of The Human Spirit To Be Reflected In My Work,” Kenyan Filmmaker, Wanuri Kahiu

Conceived in Nairobi, Wanuri Kahiu is a piece of the new age of African storytellers.

Her accounts and movies have gotten universal praise. Her movies screened in various film celebrations around the globe. To date, Wanuri has composed and coordinated six movies and is dealing with her second full length film.

She is the co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM a media company that supports, creates and commissions fun, fierce and frivolous African art.

Wanuri Kahiu made a splash with her Sundance sci-fi short “Pumzi,” – a haunting parable about a world without water, won the Venice Film Festival’s “Award of the City of Venice,” and was named best short film at Cannes in 2010.

Her LGBT love story, “Rafiki,” was banned in her home country just after it became the first Kenyan film selected by Cannes.

Kahiu’s 2008 feature From a Whisper is based on the real events surrounding the bombings of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, for which she wrote the screenplay, won multiple awards at the Africa Academy Awards, including best director and best picture.

Although, Kahiu is a source of inspiration to many, she still hopes for better things to come. “My hope is that the whole dimension of the human spirit, in Africa and around the world, be reflected in my work.”


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