Kenya

 

Kenyan Women of the Screen | Ecrans du Kenya au féminin    

 Filmmakers     

Esther Adagala
Hawa Essuman (Ghana-Kenya)
Jennifer Gatero
Joan Kabugu
Wanuri Kahiu
Wanjiru Kairu
Wajuhi Kamau
Njeri Karago                                                                 
Judy Kibinge 
Wanjiru Kinyanjui
Jane Lusabe
Beryl Magoko
Ng'endo Mukii
Jane Murago Munene 
Anne Mungai 
Jinna Mutune
Serah Mwihak
Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann (Kenya-Germany) 
Wanjiru N. Njendu (USA)
Wangechi Ngugi      
Hawa Noor
Lupita Nyong’o
Elizabeth Okodo
Mary Wagaturi Otuka
Nini Wacera
Dommie Yambo-Odotte

 Filmmaking Professionals

 Producer

Dorothy Ghettuba
Appie Matere
Alison Ngibuni
Carol Nguta
Isabel Munyua
Catherine Wamuyu
Catherine Wangui Muigai
Beatrice Wangondu

 Film Festival Organiser

Mumbi Hinga
Wairimu Mwangi 
Wanjiku wa Ngugi (USA)
Matrid Nyagah
Rose Wachuka 


 Film Critics and Scholars

Esther Adagala (Filmmaker and researcher)
Zélie Asava (UK)
Rachel Diang’a (professor University of Kenyatta)
Beatrice Wanjiku Mukora (Scholar)


TIMELINE

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1960s



1970s



Jane Murago Munene. The Tender One (International Year of the Child). Documentary, 1979.



1980s



Anne Mungai. The Beggar's Husband. 1980.
Anne Mungai. Nkomani Clinic, 1980.

Anne Mungai. The Tomorrow's Adult Citizens.
Anne Mungai. Together We Build. 1982.

Esther Adagala. Women in Health. Documentary, 1984.

Anne Mungai. Wekesa at Crossroads. 1986.

Wanjiru Kinyanjui. A Lover and Killer of Colour, 1989.


1990s


Anne Mungai. Productive Farmlands. 1990.

Wanjiru Kinyanjui. The Bird with a Broken Wing. 1991.
Anne Mungai. Faith. 1991.
Jane Murago Munene. The Chosen One (co-directed with Dommie Yambo-Odotte). Documentary, 1991.
Dommie Yambo-Odotte. The Chosen One (co-directed with Jane Murago Munene). Documentary, 1991.

Wanjiru Kinyanjui.
Black in the Western World. 22 min., documentary, 1992.
Wanjiru Kinyanjui. Clara has Two Countries, 1992.
Anne Mungai. Saikati. 16mm, color, 90 min., fiction, 1992.

Anne Mungai. Pongezi. 25 min., documentary, 1993.
Dommie Yambo-Odotte.
Towards Autonomy. Program, 1993.
Dommie Yambo-Odotte. Offence Like Assault. Video, 12 min., non-fiction, 1993.
Dommie Yambo-Odotte. If Women Counted. Non-fiction, 1993.

Anne Mungai. Usilie Mtoto Wa Africa (Don't Cry Child of Africa). 1994.
Anne Mungai. Root 1. 52 min., docu-drama, 1994.
Jane Murago Munene. Women, Water, and Workload. 14 min., documentary, 1994.
Elizabeth Okodo.
Immunization Spots. Educational video, 16 min., 1994.

Wanjiru Kinyanjui. The Battle of the Sacred Tree. 35mm, color, 80 min., fiction, 1995.
Jane Murago Munene. Enkishon: the Maasai child in Kenya, 28 min., documentary, 1995.

Njeri Karago. The Ascent. 1996.
Mary Wagaturi Otuka. Through Women's Eyes. Video, 26 min., documentary, 1996.
Dommie Yambo-Odotte. Women's Agenda. Video, 59 min., documentary, 1996.

Wanjiru Kinyanjui.
Rights of Children (Two short films for German TV series). 1997.
Dommie Yambo-Odotte.
The Baisikol. 26 min., fiction, 1997.

Wajuhi Kamau. Mine Boy. Video, color, 120 min., fiction, 1998.
Anne Mungai. Saikati, the Enkabaani. 35mm, color, 95 min., fiction, 1998.
Anne Mungai. Tough Choices. Fiction, 52 min. 1998.


Beatrice Wanjiku Mukora (Scholar). Disrupting Binary Divisions: Representation of Identity in Saikati and Battle of the Sacred Tree. Master's Thesis, McGill University, Montreal, 1999. (A critical analysis of the works of Anne Mungai and Wangari Kinyanjui, respectively.)


2000s



Anne Mungai. Promise of Love. Fiction, 57 min. 2000.

Jane Murago Munene. Out of Silence.  23 min. Documentary, (2000s).

Judy Kibinge.
Dangerous Affair, fiction, straight-to-video, 2002.
Judy Kibinge. The Aftermath, 28 mn, 2002

Wanjiku Beatrice Mukora (Scholar)

"Beyond Tradition and Modernity: Representations of Identity in Two Kenyan Films." Women Filmmakers Refocusing, eds., Jacqueline Levitin, Judith Plessis, Valerie Raoul. University of British Columbia Press, 2003, pp. 219-228.


Jane Murago Munene. The Price of a Daughter, 94 min. fiction, 2003.

Judy Kibinge, Project Daddy. 70 mn, 2004.
Jane Murago Munene. Behind Closed Doors, fiction, 2004.

Hawa Essuman.Through My Eyes, Non-fiction, 2006.
Hawa Noor. The Unspoken Samburu Handicapped Kids, documentary, 2006.
Wanuri Kahiu. Ras Star, documentary, 2006.

Wanjiru Kairu. Must Be A God-Fearing Christian Girl, fiction, 2007.

Wanuri Kahiu. From a Whisper, fiction, 2008.
Judy Kibinge. Killer Necklace, 40 mn, MNET  New Directions film, fiction, 2008.
Wanjiru Kinyanjui. Bahati, 40 mn., fiction, 2008.
Jane Murago Munene. Turning Tide: Women Entrepreneurs in Africa (13-part series), 2008.
Lupita Nyong’o. In My Genes. 78 min., documentary, 2008.


Hawa Essuman. Soul Boy. 120 mn, fiction 2009.
Wanuri Kahiu. Pumzi. 20 mn. Sci-Fi, 2009. Trailer
Wanjiru Kairu. Weakness. 13 mn. fiction, 2009.
Judy Kibinge. Peace Wanted Alive, Doc., 40 Mins.,  2009

Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann. Gubi-The Birth of Fruit. Experimental, 2009

Judy Kibinge. Headlines In History, 60 Mins., Doc., 2010


Joan Kabugu. Madam Chief. Fiction, 2011
Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann.
I'm Not Dead Yet. Doc, 2011

Jinna Mutune. Leo. Fiction, 2011


Rachel Diang’a (professor). Style and content in selected Kenyan message films: 1980–2009, PhD thesis. Nairobi: Kenyatta University, 2013.


Judy Kibinge. Something Necessary, Fiction, 85 Mins., 2013.


Beryl Magoko. The Cut. Doc. 43 min. 2012


Rachael Diang’a (professor). Trans-formal aesthetics and cultural impact on Ousmane Sembene's Xala. In Ousmane Sembène and the politics of culture. Eds. Lifongo Vetinde and Amadou T. Fofana. Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, 2015.


Judy Kibinge. Scarred, the Anatomy of a Massacre, Doc. 60 Mins, 2015.


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