Wanuri Kahiu is a Kenyan film director, producer, and author. She is also the co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, a media collective dedicated to supporting African art. She calls the movie genre of her films ‘Afro Bubblegum Art’, because it is fun, fierce and frivolous.
AFROBUBBLEGUM wants to give an opposite to stereotypical visions of the continent. As she puts it: “Africa is so often portrayed as hurt or dying or sad or broken. We believe that Africa is joyful and full of pride and respect and hope.” In her films she wants to tell stories of Africans living a joyous, thriving African life. Her movie ‘Rafiki’ telling the story about two young girls in love, was the first Kenyan movie showed in Cannes, but was banned in Kenya. It will be screened during the opening festival.