“My first concern is making films for and about Africans; films that celebrate the people, the traditions and the land that are the life-source of art and culture.”
Wanuri Kahiu’s passion for film started at 16, where she worked with Ace Communications on a documentary about FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). At Ace she learnt how to tell educational and entertaining stories about the issues affecting cosmopolitan East Africa. From that point on, Wanuri would spend any available time interning in entertainment companies locally and internationally, and managed to work as a Production intern at Pinewood Studios, London, a Production Assistant in Alexandria Productions, Virginia and as a Director’s Intern at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, during the production of Italian Job directed by F. Gary Gray.
Wanuri honed her filmmaking skill with her first Kenyan film Ras Star (2007), a short film based on a teenage artist trying to make it into a talent show despite all odds. In 2008, Wanuri completed her first feature film From A Whisper. The film recently won awards at the Africa Movie Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture. It also won the Golden Dhow award for Best East African Picture at Zanzibar International Film Festival, Best Picture at Kenya’s 2009 Kalasha Film Awards, and Best Picture and Best Director at the 2009 Kenya International Film Festival (KIFF). Wanuri also directed a documentary about the life of Nobel peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai entitled For Our Land (2009) for M-NET’s “Great Africans” series. In 2010, pursuing her quest to unravel her vision, Wanuri is interested to partner with global filmmakers of like mind interested in telling African stories.
Director: From A Whisper
Winner of Best screenplay, Best Director, Best Original Soundtrack and Best Picture – African Movie Academy Awards Nigeria
Winner Best Feature Narrative – Pan African Film & Arts Festival, LA
Abu is a quiet and hardworking intelligence officer who keeps to himself. When he meets Tamani, a young, rebellious artist in search of her mother, he decides to help her. Unknowingly, Tamani churns up memories of Fareed, Abu’s best friend who also lost his life in the US Embassy bomb blast 10 years ago. video