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“Pumzi” Director Wanuri Kahiu Talks Female Lead Characters & Telling *Our* Own Stories

"Pumzi" Director Wanuri Kahiu Talks Female Lead Characters & Telling *Our* Own Stories

A reminder that Focus Features’ Africa First short films are currently available to “watch instantly” on Netflix. So if you have a Netflix account, as I know a lot of you do, you really should check out this compilation of short films by up and coming African filmmakers – one of them being a sci-fi short titled Pumzi, from Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.

But before you do (or even after) here’s a recent interview with Wanuri that was posted on YouTube today.

It’s about 13 minutes long, and worth listening to, as she talks about subjects that have come up frequently on this site – most recently, the presence of women (in this case black women) in unconventional lead roles on screen, and the fertile ground for stories that is Africa. It’s a good interview, though I could have done without the background music:

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Erica

Thanks for posting this interview. She is brilliant!!

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