by Ng’endo Mukii
in Youth 5-12 y.o.
Friday Buriel Clay Theater 12pm
This is the story of a boy named Kitwana,
A boy who laughed and played,
and went to school,
and did all the things that children do.
One day Kitwana’s life would change and not for the better,
This however, nobody knew.
Director Biography – Ng’endo Mukii
Ng’endo Mukii is an award-winning film director, most well known for ‘Yellow Fever,’ her documentary-animation exploring Western influences on African women’s ideals of beauty.
At the prestigious Design Indaba conference (2015), she presented her talk, ‘Film Taxidermy and Re-Animation,’ proposing the use of animation as a means of re-humanizing the ‘indigenous’ image.
Ng’endo is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (‘06), and holds a Master of Arts in Animation from the Royal College of Art (‘12). She is a Berlinale Talents (’14, ’15), and an Africa Centre Residencies (’18) alumni. She participated in the distinguished Urucu Media REALNESS Screenwriter’s Residency, and the incredible Goethe Institute Bahia Vila Sul artists residency, both in 2018.
Her films have won numerous awards, including Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the Chicago International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards both for Yellow Fever, and the Encounters Immersive Grand Prix for her first 360 film, Nairobi Berries.
She lives in Nairobi as an independent filmmaker, and travels internationally holding seminars and workshops.