Afripedia Exclusives: Kenya's Afrofuturist Scene
'Afripedia,' Stocktown Film's 5-part documentary series on African creatives, share exclusive photos from Kenya's afrofuturist scene.
All photos are Copyright of Stocktown Films
Photos by Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft & Senay Berhe
Afripedia [af-ri-pee-dee-uh] is a new platform and forum for African creatives from Swedish production collective Stocktown. When we first reported on the project back in October, Afripedia had recently launched its first venture, a five-part mini documentary series that aired on Swedish Television (SVT Kunskapskanalen). Shot in Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa, each episode dedicates itself to shedding light on work from a group of creatives within each of those countries. The team is currently producing one more episode in North Africa and has plans to release a full-length documentary in 2016. The first five episodes of the series will be available to watch online in 2015. Until then, the folks at Stocktown have given us a special behind-the-scenes look at Afripedia, which we've been rolling out all week.
So far we've seen photos from Angola, Senegal + Côte d'Ivoire, and Ghana. Today Stocktown shares a closer look at their time in Kenya, where the team linked with 3D animator Andrew Kaggia, whose 2011 sci-fi political short Wageuzi (meaning "transformers") squared Kenyan politicians off in a battle for the presidential throne, futuristic-afro-indie-funk heavyweights (and longtime Okayafrica favorites) Just A Band, ultra-resourceful visual artist Cyrus Kabiru, who makes "boobs"-inspired glasses out of found materials, African Digital Art's Barbara Muriungi and more. See behind-the-scenes shots from Kenya's afrofuturist scene above, and check back tomorrow for photos from South Africa.