Wanuri Kaihu is the Kenyan filmmaker behind the country’s first Cannes Official Selection for her movie ‘Rafiki’, a lesbian love story which was initially banned in her home country of Kenya.
Kahiu told OkayAfrica last year about Rafiki breaking bariers, “That’s been the most curious thing. I haven’t been reading reviews because I tend not to, good or bad, but somebody said there is a French journalist who wrote an article which said, ‘How do Kenyans fall in love? The exact same way we do.’ And that was exactly what I was trying to communicate with this film. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, we all kind of fall in love in the same way. We all kind of have joy in the same way.”
The Kenyan director has landed another big project, she’ll be directing the film adaptation of ‘The Thing About Jellyfish” at Universal which will star Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown. It is her second Universal project on the books. She’s also set to direct Universal and Working Title’s Covers.
Here’s the description of The Thing About Jellyfish, written by Ali Benjamin via Shadow & Act:: Everyone says that it was an accident… that sometimes things “just happen”. But Suzy won’t believe it. Ever. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.