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Video: Wanuri Kahiu On How 'Rafiki' Took the World by Storm Since Premiering at Cannes

In 'Moments With: Wanuri Kahiu,' we sit down with the Kenyan director where she touches on the inspiration behind 'Rafiki,' the continued challenge to life the ban of her film in her home country and more.

Wanuri Kahiu's Rafiki took the world by storm since it's premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2018—the first Kenyan film to be invited to the prestigious festival.

We sit down with the director where she touches on the inspiration behind the film, the continued challenge to lift the ban on Rafiki in her home country, Afrobubblegum and more.

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Viola Davis Is Developing a Series Based on Octavia Butler's 'Wild Seed' With Nnedi Okorafor And Wanuri Kahiu

The series, based on Butler's 1980 novel, will tell the story of "two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-Colonial West Africa to the far, far future."

Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis will team up with Nigerian sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor and Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu for an upcoming series adaptation of Octavia Butler's 1980 novel Wild Seed, which is being developed by Amazon under Davis' and Julius Tennon's JuVee Production company.

Okorafor and Kahiu, who are both OkayAfrica 100 Women 2019 honorees, will write the series together, and Kahiu is also slated to direct. The Rafiki filmmaker, took to Twitter to share her excitement over the news. "Dream project alert," she wrote. "See God!"

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'RAFIKI' Will Make Its First U.S. Theatrical Release Very Soon

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's groundbreaking film premieres in April at BAM in Brooklyn.

RAFIKI is finally making its way the big screen stateside.

The Cannes-favorite, directed by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (who's also one of our fabulous OkayAfrica 100 Women honorees), is set to make its first U.S. theatrical run at BAM in Brooklyn—premiering Friday, April 19.

RAFIKI follows the journeys of Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), two fearlessly individualistic young women who, despite the fact that their fathers are rival political candidates, form a steadfast bond. When their friendship develops into romance, they must fight to protect their love in the face of societal prejudices determined to tear them apart. With a remarkable feeling for color, music, and the bustling street life of Nairobi, Kahiu crafts an empowering, sublimely moving love story.

Revisit the trailer below.

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Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Is Set to Direct Universal's 'The Thing About Jellyfish'

Kahiu, one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women, will direct the film adaptation of the young adult novel, starring Millie Bobby Brown.

African women are making serious waves in Hollywood, and not only in front of the camera, but behind it as well.

A bright example of this is Kenyan filmmaker, Wanuri Kahiu, the creator behind the groundbreaking Rafiki—and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2019who has just snagged another major movie-making gig. She's signed on to direct the film adaptation of 'The Thing About Jellyfish" at Universal which will star Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown.

READ: Wanuri Kahiu Speaks on the Overwhelming Response to 'Rafiki' at Cannes

The film is about a young girl who discovers the power of her imagination after her friend dies in an accident. Here's the full synopsis, written by Ali Brown, 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.

This isn't the only project the director is working on for Universal either, she is also slated to direct Covers, a love story set in Los Angeles.

Kahiu broke barriers with her second feature film Rafiki, which told the story of a young lesbian couple in Kenya. The film, was banned in the country, but has gone on to earn international acclaim for both Kaihu and the film's actors. "What's incredible about the response is that people are so excited about watching 'happy Africa,' Kahiu told OkayAfrica last year. "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."

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