Born in Nairobi, Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African storytellers.
Her stories and films have received international acclaim. Her films screened in numerous film festivals around the world. To date, Wanuri has written and directed six films and is working on her second feature 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.”
Culled from Wikipedia and deadline.com