Wanuri Kahiu

If you have read my blog before then you must know that I love to highlight visionary African women. Visionary Kenyan women are even more exciting to feature. Wanuri Kahiu definitely falls into this category.

As an accomplished film maker and the director of Pumzi, Kenya’s first science-fiction film, she is setting the cinema scene abuzz with one of three African films showing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (film and art enthusiasts also check out African Digital Art and Sci-Cultura for Pumzi and more). The 23 minute film:

…imagines a dystopian future 35 years after water wars have torn the world apart. East African survivors of the ecological devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.

As the Executive Director of Dada Productions, she has also been involved in writing and directing other productions. Her film From a Whisper, based on the 1998 Kenyan and Tanzanian bombings, won her 5 African Movie Academy Awards in 2009. In Ras Star, the story of a young Kenyan girl aspiring to be a musician, she was able to explore issues around women’s freedom and participation in African society.

Of her own work, she says:

I write and direct films that challenge and inspire the human spirit to re-unite and remember. I believe that the union of people and the integration of cultures through stories are beneficial to all.

Wanuri lives to tell to tell modern African stories with a fresh sense of style and meaning,” and we hope that she continues to have amazing opportunities to express and document Kenyan imagination, innovation, narratives and artistry for both local and international audiences. Her work is also featured at the (very cool) International Museum of Women.

Check out the Pumzi trailer here:


~ by misswretched on January 27, 2010.

9 Responses to “Wanuri Kahiu”

  1. I just bumped into your site. Very informative. I shall become a follower. Keep it up

  2. wow.when do we hook up?i,m a brilliant actor orator speaker n preacher.saw `pumzi’n marvelled

  3. the effects promise possibilities.

  4. For Wanuri no single word is enough to describe how amazing her work is not to mention how contented she is as a person. She is rising to international stardom and no one can deny it, she is telling stories about Kenya and Africa from the grass roots. She explores place, exile and freedom all in one breathe with visual tales of both experience and imagination. Where reality starts and invention ends is not easy to tell in her work. She has a boldness that avoids nothing. Wanuri just keep going, you are such an inspiration!! I love you almost desperately.

  5. OMG. my breath has been stolen and in a very very good way! How can we connect with her to inspire our Akili Dada scholars?

  6. Wanjiru, you can tweet her via @Wanuri 🙂

  7. She beautiful and elegance!

  8. hey levi im in nairobi and found your blog. im glad to see the work youve done and your poetry waaw. you lifted up my spirits asante.

  9. Levi, thanks for your kind words and welcome!

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